Mormon Pacific Historical Society


Sam Brannan, Hawaii, ship voyages, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


We have all heard the story of Sam Brannan and how he led a party of Latter-day Saints from New York to California aboard the ship Brooklyn around Cape Horn in 1846. As part of that journey they stopped for awhile in Honolulu to resupply the ship. This journey was highlighted again as part of the sesquicentennial celebration of the pioneer trek west.

What I was not aware of was that Sam Brannan later returned to Hawaii under quite different circumstances.


Riley Moffat is the Senior Librarian and Professor of Geography at BYUH. He has been in Laie for 32 years and has served as a Bishop as well as on the High Council. He has published six books on historical cartography.