Kamehameha II's Failure To Eliminate The Traditional Hawaiian Religion

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In 1819, Kamehameha II took the throne. His first task as ruler of Hawaii was to eliminate the traditional Hawaiian religion. One year after this elimination was made, a group of Protestants came to Hawaii and converted a great deal of them to Christianity. The Protestants also helped the Hawaiians to establish a written Hawaiian language and several missionary schools. Roman Catholics arrives in 1827, however they were forced to leave by Hawaiian Protestant priests in 1831. Hawaiians were so focused on their religions as Protestants, that they detested anyone who was a Catholic. They even imprisoned fellow Hawaiians who converted to Catholicism rather than Protestant religion. In 1839, a French ship threatened to destroy Honolulu if the

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