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Biography of blind Hawaiian preacher 1866  

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Bartimeus, the Blind Preacher of Maui

Anderson, Rufus

[New York]




7 pp. 23x15 cm (9¼x6"), original printed wrappers.

Scarce biographical sketch of Batimea Puaaiki (1785-1843), a Hawaiian native who was converted to Christianity in 1825. An offprint from the August, 1866, issue of Hours at Home. OCLC/WorldCat lists eleven copies, but only one copy in Hawaii, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Lalana Puaʻaiki (c. 1785 –  1844) was an early convert and the first Native Hawaiian to be licensed to preach Protestant Christianty. Prior to his conversion, he served as a hula dancer in the court of King Kamehameha II and Queen Kamāmalu.
Born circa 1785, in Waikapu on the island of Maui, Puaʻaiki was encumbered with birth defects which rendered him short-statured and visually impaired (partially blind) in later life. His mother attempted to bury him but a solicitous relative rescued him.He was given the name Puaʻaiki meaning "little pig" in the Hawaiian language. In the court of King Kamehameha II he served as a hula dancer and was a member of the retinue of Queen Kamāmalu. After the arrival of Christian missionaries in 1820, he converted to the new faith.
After conversion, he became known as the "Blind Preacher of Maui" or "Blind Bartimeus", after the Biblical Bartimaeus who was healed by Jesus. In 1841, Puaʻaiki became the first Native Hawaiian licensed to preach at his small congregation at Honuaula, Maui. As a religious teacher, he was not fully ordained and was more or less under the supervision of another missionary. David Malo, the celebrated Hawaiian educator and historian, became the second licensed religious teacher in 1843.It would not be until 1849 when, James Kekela was ordained as the first Native Hawaiian Protestant minister.
He died on February 21, 1844, at his post in Wailuku. He was buried on February 23, 1844, at the cemetery ground of the Kaahumanu Church. In the same year, American missionary Jonathan Smith Green wrote Notices of the Life, Character, and Labors of the Late Bartimeus L. Puaaiki, of Wailuku, Maui, Sandwich Islands in his memory.

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