December 24, 1884|
Kaihuwai, Waialua, Oahu
|Died||February 16, 1933
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
|Resting place||Liliuokalani Church Cemetery
|Alma mater||Hartford Seminary|
|Known for||First Hawaiian Kahu (pastor) of Kawaiahaʻo Church|
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. He earned a bachelor's degree in pedagogy at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he was president of his graduating class.
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.
The territorial House of Representatives selected Akana in 1913 as their house chaplain. 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.
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- Akaiko Akana at Find a Grave