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13. The Hawaiian Connection and the Cornwall Foreign Mission School

Continuing on Rte. 4 east, you will pass Cornwall Village,once the home of the Cornwall Foreign Mission School from 1817-1827.

It began with Henry Obookiah, a Hawaiian stowaway, who was converted to Christianity and spent many days preaching in the area. At age twenty-six he died of typhus and was buried in the Cornwall Cemetery on Rte. 4.

Henry Obookiah's journal was responsible for inspiring the first foreign missionary expedition to Hawaii and eventually, the saga was fictionalized by James Michener's book Hawaii.

In 1993, Henry's bones were dug up and shipped back to Hawaii for final interment but his beautifully inscribed sarcophagus in Cornwall still attracts visitors.