December 2001 marked the 100th anniversary of the Bahá’í Faith in the Hawaiian Islands. On December 26, 1901 Agnes Baldwin Alexander, a native of Hawaii, returned to Honolulu from a trip to Rome where she discovered the Bahá’í Revelation. She rejoiced that she was continuing work begun by her distinguished grandparents (Rev. Dr Dwight and Charlotte Baldwin and Rev. William Patterson and Mary Ann Alexander) who were in the fourth and fifth companies to bring Christianity to the Hawaiian Islands. She later wrote, ‘To my dear grandparents I owe a debt of deep gratitude. If God has used me in His plan and I have received His favors, the praise belongs to the heritage which He bestowed on me, that from a timid creature He raised me up to serve His Cause.’
Today the Bahá’í communities can be found in over 200 nations. The voluminous Sacred Scriptures ofthe Bahá’í Revelation have been translated into more than 800 languages. The Bahá’ís of Hawaii are found on every inhabited island of the Hawaiian chain. Every race and ethnic group found in the islands is reflected in the Bahá’í community, as Baha’u’llah stated, we are all ‘fruits of one tree’ and ‘flowers of one garden’.
“His Coming is inherent in the destiny of mankind. By right of the Spirit, Baha’u’llah is the World Redeemer…” ~ Helen Reed Bishop