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Mokuaikaua Church

75-5713 Alii Dr, Hawaii 96740 USA

“the oldest Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands”

Mokuaikaua Church is the oldest Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands. The congregation was first founded in 1820 by Asa and Lucy Goodale Thurston, from the first ship of American Christian Missionaries, the brig Thaddeus. They were given permission to teach Christianity to King Kamehameha II, and the Queen Regent Kaʻahumanu. After the royal court relocated to Honolulu, they briefly moved there. In October 1823, they learned that the people of Kailua-Kona had developed an interest in the new ways and had erected a small wooden church.The first structure on the site was made from Ohiʻa wood and a thatched roof, on land obtained from Royal Governor Kuakini across the street from his Huliheʻe Palace. The name moku ʻaikaua literally means "district acquired by war" in the Hawaiian language, probably after the upland forest area where the wood was obtained.

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Stephanie

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April 05, 2017

A decent stop, but you wouldn't need to spend more than 5 minutes here. The walls are made with coral which I found interesting and it was well constructed. It is free to walk into.

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Mokuaikaua Church

75-5713 Alii Dr
Hawaii
96740 USA

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