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Lieutenant James King wrote the description of the service in vol III of the official publication of the expedition A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean… [digital copy in several online formats available at: http://archive.org/details/cihm_17641%5D.
In his description King wrote : ‘At the request of the king of the island, he [William Watman] was buried on the Morai, and the ceremony was performed with as much ceremony as our situation permitted.’
The ‘Morai’ was Hikiau Heiau, a temple on the SE corner of Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, and there is a monument to Watman by the remains of the Heiau referring to his interment as the first Christian service in Hawaii.
Steve Ragnall
Reference:

James King (ed.), A voyage to the Pacific Ocean : undertaken by command of His Majesty for making discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere : performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke and Gore, in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 and 1780 (1784)