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Mokuaikaua Church

  • 75-5713 Alii Dr. Map It
  • Kailua-Kona
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Mokuaikaua Church, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

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Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

Site of the first Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands, this strong lava-rock structure, built in 1836, is mortared with burned lime, coral, and kukui oil and topped by an impressive steeple. The ceiling and interior were crafted of timbers harvested from a forest on Hualalai and held together with wooden pegs, not nails. Incredibly, the church sustained no damage from recent earthquakes. Inside, behind a panel of gleaming koa wood, rests a model of the brig Thaddeus as well as a koa wood table crafted by Henry Boshard, pastor for 43 years. The gift shop is open most mornings, and a talk is given by the church historian Sunday at noon. The church still holds services and hosts community events.

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75-5713 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, United States

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Published 07/22/2015


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