The Bond Family of Kohala

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276 Haili St, Hilo
Lyman Museum
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Local historian Boyd Bond will present the life and work of Kohala missionaries Rev. Elias Bond, Jr. and his wife Ellen on Monday, October 15, 7pm, at the Lyman Museum in Hilo.    

The Rev. Elias Bond, Jr. and his wife Ellen arrived in Kohala in 1841 as members of the Ninth Company of the Sandwich Islands Mission of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM).  Best known for establishing the Kohala sugar plantation in 1860, before the Islands’ big sugar boom began, “Father Bond” is also credited with building 28 churches and 34 schools in his district.  When the ABCFM disbanded the Hawai`i mission in the early 1850s and many missionaries returned to America, like the Lymans in Hilo the Bonds in Kohala remained to continue the work they had begun, and both are buried there. 

Admission is $3; free for Museum members.  Seating is limited to 65 persons.  No tickets for presale; first come, first seated.  Additional parking available at Hilo Union School.  The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum, located at 276 Haili Street in Hilo, is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am—4:30 pm.  For additional information, call 935-5021 or visit