Mokuaikaua Church, Kailua-Kona

4.5
#1 of 7 in Historic Sites in Kailua-Kona
The oldest Christian church in Hawaii, Mokuaikaua Church dates to the 1830s. The church remains in use and is open for tours, with some displayed artifacts especially interesting. The stone archway was made of lava stone--other parts of the building feature bits of coral, stones from other temples, and o'hia trees. Take a tour to learn about the Christian missionary history, or consider visiting for Sunday services. Plan to visit Mokuaikaua Church and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kailua-Kona attractions using our Kailua-Kona trip planning site .
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  • Thanking a local for giving us a clear direction after sat nav sent us everywhere but this beautiful old church. A must visit, and bring cash  more »
  • Very welcoming! Heard a wonderful message from the book of Ezekiel while sitting on the breezeway. The traditional service was more contemporary than the description given on the website, which was a....  more »
  • In 1820 after 164 days at sea on board the sailing ship Thaddeus, 14 missionaries (seven couples) and four Hawaiian boys arrived in Hawaii from Boston. King Kamehameha II gave them permission to...  more »
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  • Peaceful and wonderful place to learn about some of the island history. Also wonderful to see the continued vibrant role this church plays as a part of the community today. Wish we had visited on a Sunday to have taken part in a church service.
  • Fun place to stop for a quick history lesson Did you know Christianity was introduced to the Hawaiians back in the early 1800s? That was something I learnt. The church is the proof of it. The church is not that big so it will take you 5min although the introduction video by the entry is worth the few minutes. It is impressive to see the structure and learn its history. A fun stop on the big island. Happy travels
  • An historic spot beautifully maintained. The worship service was great - nice music, a good sermon and friendly locals. We are so glad that preservation renovations are being done.
  • Beautiful. Interesting to learn about it. Really neat inside, it's free......take a few minutes to check it out, you won't be dissapointed. Just watch your step getting there as the homeless tend to sprawl out around the gate.
  • A must to visit when walking through historical Kailua downtown. It is the first church of the island and still holds services on Sundays 9am (contemporary) and 11am (traditional). They also have programs running through the week and historical tours.after the 11 am service on Sunday.
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