Fodor's Expert Review Mokuaikaua Church
Site of the first Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands, this solid 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. 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 Sundays at noon. You may also encounter Aloha Greeters within the sanctuary, who love to share the history of Mokuaikaua with visitors. The church still holds services and hosts community events, so please be respectful when entering the building.