Boyd Bond

Boyd Bond describes his upbringing as a member of the Bond Family, who played an integral part in the history of Kohala. He’s a fifth generation descendent of Dr. Elias Bond, a missionary who came to Kohala in 1841. Over the years, the Bonds built a collection of buildings and homestead (now called the Bond Historic District), including the Kalahikiola Church and the Kohala Seminary. In 1862 Dr. Bond built the Kohala Sugar Plantation. Boyd also describes his kuleana in carrying forth the history and the legacy of his family and Kohala.

Becoming a Storyteller

Describes his journey in becoming a historian and keeper of stories of Kohala.
Photo credit: J. J. Williamson, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Memories of Uncle Lyman

Recounts stories of hanging out with Uncle Lyman and driving around in his Willys jeep.
Photo credit: U.S. Army Ordnance Department, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Memories of the 'Iole Blacksmith

Describes  Dr. Elias Bond's blacksmith shop at 'Iole, the family's homestead.
Photo credit: 1898 Pelton Water Wheel Catalogue

The End of Plantation Days

Describes how the community changed when the Kohala Sugar Plantation closed. 
Photo credit: Elsie and Saturnino Carpio

Kohala Soars Above Adversity

Describes Kohala's history of helping each other in times of adversity.
Adam Dubrowa, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Life Post Plantation for the Bond Family

Describes how the Bond Family survived after the closure of the Kohala Sugar Plantation.
Photo credit: brewbooks from near Seattle, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Credits and video information

Recording date: 7/3/22
Location: Kohala Reunion, Kamahemeha Park, Kapa'au, Kohala

Videographer: Lucas Manuel-Scheibe
Video editor: Klara Bixenmann, Hawai'i Community College