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Historian to speak about Bond family

<p>The house of missionaries Elias and Ellen Bond (ca. 1900) was built in 1841 in North Kohala.</p>

Local historian Boyd Bond will present the life and work of Kohala missionaries the Rev. Elias Bond Jr. and his wife, Ellen, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Lyman Museum in Hilo.

The Bonds 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 Hawaii 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 on a first-come, first-seated basis. Additional parking is available at Hilo Union School.

The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum, located at 276 Haili St. in Hilo, is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, call 935-5021 or visit


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