About the Cover
The background is a piece of Kapa from the Bishop Museum collection in Honolulu.
Kapa is a cloth made from bark and was used to make the Malo a loincloth which was the main garment worn when the American Missionaries arrived.
On the front cover is a painting of,
Reverend (1789-1869) and Mrs. Hiram Bingham (Sybil Mosely, d. 1848)
By Samuel Finley Breese Morse, (the same person who invented Morse Code).
Yale University Art Gallery
Gift of Hiram Bingham, B.A. 1898
Reverend Bingham was a member of the Pioneer missionary company that arrived in 1820. He resided in the islands of twenty-one years. Under his leadership the American Missionaries accomplished some amazing things.
On the back cover is the back of an envelope sealing the flap are some of the controversial Grinnell Hawaiian Missionary postage stamps. These have been thought to be forgeries and have been the subject of a US Secret service investigation and a Superior court case. Image provided by the Mystic Stamp Company.
Also shown on the back cover is the Mission Depository. It was located at the Honolulu mission station and acted as a post office and warehouse that serviced the mission stations. Castle and Cooke operated the mission depository. They privatized the operation in 1851. The image is from The First 100 Years, a report on the operations of Castle & Cooke for the years 1851-1951.