Plantation-Style Living: An Open House at the Historic Smith Memorial Parsonage
Hosted by Kōloa Union Church
In 1842 Dr. James and Melicent Smith moved to Kōloa from New England to serve as medical missionaries to Kaua`i and Ni`ihau. They acquired property in Kōloa, on which they built their home, a medical clinic, school, orchard and family cemetery. Their descendants remained on the property for over a hundred years. One building which still remains from this time is the Smith Memorial Parsonage, given by the Smith-Waterhouse Family to Kōloa Union Church, along with the entire acre of land on which it sits. The beautiful fully-restored plantation-style home retains the character of the original building during the plantation days. It serves as the home for the church’s kahu (pastor). Rev. Dr. Alan Akana, an accomplished artist, has decorated the interior with his original watercolors of tropical florals and the flowers that are indigenous to Hawai‘i.
You are invited to hear about the history of the Smith-Waterhouse Family and tour the home and its beautiful grounds. Rev. Dr. Akana, a Native Hawaiian and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is a published author of Hawaiian history and culture. He will give a lecture at 4:30 on the history of the missionaries in Koloa and their influence and legacy before, during and after the days of the sugarcane plantations.
His recent book (The Volcano Is Our Home, revised edition) and his art (including originals, prints and greeting cards) will be available for purchase; a portion of the proceeds will go to the parsonage restoration and maintenance fund. Guests are welcome to visit the adjacent Smith-Waterhouse cemetery as well. Plantation ice tea and dessert will be served.
Participants who are able are requested to park at Kōloa Union Church, 3289 Po`ipu Road.
Monday, July 25th, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Lecture at 4:30)
The Smith Memorial Parsonage, 3281 Waikomo Road, Kōloa
(Participants who are able are requested to park at Kōloa Union Church, 3289 Po`ipu Road.)