Akaiko Akana

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Akaiko Akana
Reverend Akaiko Akana (vol. 2, 1921).jpg
Born (1884-12-24)December 24, 1884
Kaihuwai, Waialua, Oahu
Died February 16, 1933(1933-02-16) (aged 48)
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Resting place Liliuokalani Church Cemetery
Haleiwa, Hawaii
Alma mater Hartford Seminary
Known for First Hawaiian Kahu (pastor) of Kawaiahaʻo Church

Akaiko Akana (1884–1933), became the first Kahu (pastor) of Hawaiian ancestry at Kawaiahaʻo Church in 1918.[1] He served in that capacity until his death in 1933.

He was born December 24, 1884, in the Kaihuwai district of Waialua on the Hawaiian island of Oahu., in the Territory of Hawaii. Akana was of Hapa (mixed) ancestry, with a Chinese father and Hawaiian mother. Akana graduated from Kamehameha School for boys in 1903, and was assigned as a teaching assistant at his alma mater.[2] He earned a bachelor's degree in pedagogy at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he was president of his graduating class.[3][4]

At the October 1906 annual meeting of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Akana delivered a speech in which he stated that his decision to enter the Christian ministry was a direct result of the groundwork laid by the Christian missionaries who set up churches in Hawaii decades before his birth. In encouraging the board to continue its work in Hawaii, the twenty-two-year-old Akana cited the Sabbath being broken in Hawaii by baseball and golf.[5]

The territorial House of Representatives selected Akana in 1913 as their house chaplain.[6] In 1921, Akana appeared before the United States House of Representatives hearings on "Public Protection of Maternity and Infancy", where he delivered a lengthy report on the subject matter as it related to the Territory of Hawaii.[7]


He died February 16, 1933, and was buried at Liliuokalani Church Cemetery in Haleiwa, Hawaii.[8]


  1. ^ Wilson, Rob (2000). Reimagining the American Pacific: From South Pacific to Bamboo Ridge and Beyond. Duke University Press Books. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-8223-2523-9. 
  2. ^ "Kamehameha at St. Louis". Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands: The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. June 3, 1903. Retrieved October 27, 2016 – via Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. ; "Teachers Are Assigned". Honolulu, Oahu: The Hawaiian Star. August 13, 1904. Retrieved October 27, 2016 – via Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 
  3. ^ Kauanui, J. Khaulani (2008). Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity. Duke University Press Books. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-8223-4079-9. 
  4. ^ The Hartford Seminary record. Hartford Theological Seminary. 1911. p. 187. 
  5. ^ The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Haystack Prayer Meeting. American Board of Commissions for Foreign Missions. 1907. pp. 128, 129. 
  6. ^ "Solons Elect Their Leaders". Honolulu, Oahu: Honolulu Star-Bulletin. February 19, 1913. Retrieved October 27, 2016 – via Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 
  7. ^ Public Protection of Maternity and Infancy. United States Government. 1921. pp. 78–87. 
  8. ^ Akaiko Akana at Find a Grave