The Feb. 10 Viewpoint writer wrote, "Two hundred years ago it took nearly a week for steamships to make the journey (to Hawaii)." If I'm doing the math right, that would be 1813.
The first missionaries arrived in 1820 on the Thaddeus, having spent months at sea. The first steamer to make the trip was the Cormorant in 1846. Also, the first Hawaiians arrived somewhat later than the 2,000 years ago the Viewpoint writer stated. His point about the ease of travel today is well taken but his history is flawed.