faced print is reproduced from the Lahaina Historical
Guide with permission from the publisher. Copyright
1998, Honolulu Publishing
Company, Ltd. All rights reserved. Free
copies of the Lahaina Historical Guide are available
throughout Lahaina Town and the Kā`anapali resorts.
William Richards was
the first Protestant missionary to Lahaina, and the
Richards house, built on the site of the present Campbell
Park, was the first coral stone home in the Islands.
Richards left the mission in the mid-1830s to work
directly for the Kingdom of Hawaii as chaplain, teacher
and translator to Kamehameha III. Richards
helped draft the constitution and traveled to the
United States and England as the king's envoy to seek
recognition of the kingdom's independence.
He also served as the first Minister of Education.
Richards died in Honolulu in 1847.
Across Front Street is
the site of the Taro Patch.
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