Henry Opukahai'a was the first Hawaiian Christian.
An orphan, he was raised by his uncle to be a pagan priest. He left Hawaii for New England with a friend named Thomas Hopu. There Yale students told them about Jesus and they converted to Christianity.
Henry studied Greek and Hebrew, and translated parts of the Bible into his native tongue.
His memoirs sold 500,000 copies after he passed away in 1818. He wrote:
- My poor countrymen, without knowledge of the true God, and ignorant of the future world, have no Bible to read, no Sabbath.