- Bibles in Pacific Island Languages 1
[Bible in Hawaiian]. Ka Baibala Hemolele o ke Kauoha kahiko a me ke Kauoha hou. Nu Yoka: Ua paiia no ko Amerika poe hoolaha Baibala, 1884.
Testament in Hawaiian was first printed in 1835, and the first complete Bible Ka Palapala Hemolele (The Holy
Scriptures) followed in 1839. The first Protestant missionary in Hawaii, Hiram
Bingham (1789-1869), completed the translation in cooperation with other
members of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
a major revision was undertaken by a committee headed by the Reverend Ephraim
Clarke, producing Ka Baibala Hemolele
(The Holy Bible), the version displayed here, and which is still in use today.
[Bible in Tahitian]. Te Bibilia Mo'a Ra oia te Faufaa Tahito e te Faufaa Api ra. Wellington: British and Foreign Bible Society, 1970.
the English Protestant Henry Nott (1774-1844), of the London Missionary
Society, travelled to Tahiti, where he mastered the native language and
translated the Bible into Tahitian, with the support of King Pomare II.
first Tahitian translation, of the Gospel of Luke, was printed in 1818, and a
New Testament followed in 1829. After twenty years of toil, Nott’s complete
Tahitian Bible was printed in 1838.
edition on display features the text of the fifth and final nineteenth century
revision of the Tahitian Bible completed by J.L. Green in 1884.
[Bible in Rarotongan]. Te Bibilia tapu ra: koia te Koreromotu Taito e te Koreromotu Ou. Lonedona: Societi Bibilia i Beritani e te au Enua Katoa, 1851.
Testament was first translated into Rarotongan by the English missionaries John
Williams (1796-1839), Aaron Buzacott (1800-1864) and Charles Pitman (1796-1884)
and printed in London, under the supervision of Williams, in 1836.
missionaries had intended to print the remainder of the Scriptures in
Rarotonga, but a portion of their Old Testament manuscript was destroyed in a
cyclone in 1846 and had to be rewritten. Buzacott thus returned to England and
revised the entire work. The complete Bible in Rarotongan, displayed here, was
first published by the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1851.