Jonathan Nāpela Center for Hawaiian & Pacific Studies
The Jonathan Nāpela Center for Hawaiian & Pacific Studies bears the name of Jonathan Nāpela, one of the early Hawaiian converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jonathan Nāpela, who served previously as a judge on the island of Maui, came in contact with the Church of Jesus Christ through the proselytizing efforts of Elder George Q. Cannon from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jonathan Nāpela was involved in assisting Elder Cannon in the translation of the Book of Mormon into ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian). His in-depth knowledge of the Hawaiian language enabled him to provide valuable insights and maintain the quality of the language. Additionally, Jonathan Nāpela then organized an ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi school, teaching new missionaries who would come to Hawaiʻi. Nāpela epitomized the spirit of resilience and courage while having a love for truth and learning.