Friday, April 30, 2010

The First Christian Church in Hawaii

A while back, I posted a layout of the first Christian church in Hawaii. Tonight I have another one, this time inside that church building. It stands across the street from Hulihe'e Palace (the historical vacation home of royalty, now a museum) on land near the harbor, given by the king.

We were fortunate to arrive at the same time as a tour group and were able to sit in on the guide's lecture.

The Mokuaikaua Church was founded in 1819 by missionaries who had traveled 18,000 miles for 164 days to settle here on the island. Their first building was started in 1820... native style with a thatched roof. Construction on the permanent stone building was begun in 1835. It is the present edifice and still serves an active church.

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