James Kekela, Protestant Minister (1824 - 1904) MP

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Birthplace: Mokuleia, Waialua, Island of Oahu, Hawaii, u.S.a
Death: Died in Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Hawaii, u.S.a
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About James Kekela, Protestant Minister

In June 1853 two ordained Hawaiian ministers, Rev. James K. Kekela and Rev. Samuel Kauwealoha, and their wives, and two deacons and their wives, were chosen by the Hawaiian Missionary Board to sail on the English brigantine, Royalist, for the Marquesas Islands located 2,300 miles to the southeast. Accompanied by New England missionary Benjamin Parker of Kaneohe Mission Station, these native couples were the first Hawaiian families to serve as missionaries in the Marquesas, 1853-1909. Supported entirely by the Hawaiian churches and the Hawaiian Evangelical Association, the deputation of native Hawaiian missionaries was predicted to succeed where non-Polynesian missionaries had failed. Although support was strong at first, it diminished over time, and in 1909, with no hope of fresh reinforcements, the last surviving Hawaiian missionaries yielded their efforts to French Protestants from Tahiti.

Reverend James Kekela also received an award and tokens of appreciation from the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, for his noble conduct in rescuing an American citizen from death on the Island of Hiva Oa. This seaman was to be killed and eaten by cannibals from this island untill Rev. Kekela negotiated his release, which was considered a miraculous feat at the time.

Reverend James K. Kekela served over 47 years as a missionary in the Marquesas Polynesian Islands.

He has posterity scattered through out the islands of Hawaii and Marquesas until today.

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Rev. James Kekela's Timeline

1824
May 22, 1824
Mokuleia, Waialua, Island of Oahu, Hawaii, u.S.a
1847
June 4, 1847
Age 23
Wailuku, Island of Maui, Hawaii, USA
1848
1848
Age 23
Mokuleia, Waialua, Island of Oahu, Hawaii, u.S.a
1850
July 6, 1850
Age 26
Mokuleia, Waialua, Island of Oahu, Hawaii, u.S.a
1854
1854
Age 29
Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
1855
May 28, 1855
Age 31
Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
1856
January 14, 1856
Age 31
Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
1858
May 23, 1858
Age 34
Hakahetau, Ua Pou, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
1859
1859
Age 34
Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
1860
1860
Age 35
Puamau, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia