HONOLULU - The man credited with starting Hawaii's conversion to Christianity died 200 years ago on Saturday. To honor his life and legacy, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives celebrated the life of Henry 'Opukaha'ia with a free public open house and free historic house tours.

Opukahaia (usually spelled Obookiah during his lifetime) is considered the person who inspired New Englanders' Sandwich Island Mission. Saturday's open house is the first event in the bicentennial of the arrival of the American Protestant mission to Hawai'i in 1820.

The program also included program joint choirs from Maui and Oahu; a speech from 'Opukaha'ia's descendant, Kauanoe Hoomanawanui; and a lecture from biographer Christopher Cook. Actor Moses Goods portrayed 'Opukaha'ia as a history theatre character who told his own story.

There were also hands on activities for people, like a quill and ink table that let people experience the writing instruments of the era.