Miss Agnes Baldwin Alexander, Hand of the Cause of God, was born in Honolulu in 1875. In 1900 she discovered the Bahá’í Faith while in Rome on a tour of the United States and Europe. In 1901 she returned to Hawaii as its first Bahá’í. ‘Abdu’l-Baha praised her efforts. “I declare by the Lord of Hosts that had this respected daughter founded an empire, that empire would not have been so great! For this sovereignty is eternal sovereignty and this glory is everlasting glory.”
In 1915 Miss Agnes Alexander pioneered to Japan. In 1921 she was the first to introduce the Faith to Korea. In 1957, Shoghi Effendi elevated Miss Alexander to the rank of Hand of the Cause of God. In 1964, the Universal House of Justice appointed Miss Alexander as their representative to the election of the first National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the Hawaiian Islands. Miss Agnes Alexander passed away in 1971 and is buried behind Kawaiahao Church in Honolulu.
Directions to Hand of the Cause of God Miss Agnes Baldwin Alexander’s gravesite
Miss Agnes Alexander is buried behind Kawaiahao Church which is at the corner of South King Street and Punchbowl Avenue near the State Capitol and across the street from City Hall (Honolulu Hale).
• Take Nimitz Highway 92 from the airport. Make a left at Bethel and a right on South King Street.
• Stay in the right lane when crossing Punchbowl and turn right off South King Street onto Kawaiahao Street. Park on the short narrow street behind the church.
• Miss Alexander is buried in the Alexander family plot behind Kawaiahao Church. Go behind the church and through the wrought iron gate. Walk straight ahead to the end of the aisle. Look to your left. You will see Ms. Alexander’s stone between that of her sister and brother.