Mokuaikaua Church, Kailua-Kona

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Mokuaikaua Church, located on the "Big Island" of Hawaii, is the oldest Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands. The congregation dates to 1820 and the building was completed in 1837.HistoryThe 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 by King Kamehameha II, and the Queen Regent Kaahumanu. 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 Ohia wood and a thatched roof, on land obtained from Royal Governor Kuakini across the street from his Hulihee Palace. The name moku aikaua literally means "district acquired by war" in the Hawaiian language, probably after the upland forest area where the wood was obtained.After several fires, the present stone structure was constructed, partially from stones recycled from a nearby Heiau (ancient temple of the Hawaiian religion), from about 1835 to 1837. The interior is decorated with Koa wood.
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  • This is the original church in Kona. it is open and free to visitors, except when a service is in progress, The inside is wood, Not as as dramatic as churches in Europe, but you wouldn't expect that i...  more »
  • Very friendly and welcoming people in the center of town. classic old style church one of the oldest on the island and a treasure to visitg  more »
  • This church building is the oldest church in the Hawaiian Islands, it is located on Ali'i Drive in the center of Kona. No matter your belief, the Mokuaikaua Church (Congregational) is worth a visit, t...  more »
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  • Beautiful and historic church. This is the oldest church in Hawaii. It was established in 1820. The exterior and interior are in good condition and interesting to observe. Admission is free, and photos are allowed both inside and outside of the church. There is a small area at the very back of the church where a short movie is shown talking about the church's history.
  • It's a historic church, if you like historic building (or are religious) this is a good place to visit.
  • Awesome to listen about the church's history and see the building.
  • One of Kona's most historic places.
  • 5 star for paking lot,.free entrence, quiet environment. 10 times better than the palace cross street.
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