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Review of Mokuaikaua Church

Mokuaikaua Church
Ranked #26 of 143 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Owner description: Founded in 1836 by Boston missionaries.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated on the busy seafront road this amazing old church has a tranquil atmosphere about it, as well as being a great gem for history buffs. Mokuaikaua Church is the oldest Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands. The congregation dates back to 1820, started by Asa and Lucy Goodale Thurston, who arrived on the first ship of American Christian Missionaries, the brig Thaddeus, a model of which can be seen in the church. They were given permission to teach Christianity by King Kamehameha II, and the Queen Regent Kaʻahumanu.
The first structure on the site was made from Ohiʻa wood and a thatched roof. After several fires, the present stone structure was constructed, partially from stones recycled from a nearby Heiau or temple. The interior is decorated with Koa wood and the building was completed in 1837. 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.
Another site well worth the time to visit as you wander the streets of Kona and just across the road from the Hulihe'e Palace.

Thank Karrst
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rather empty around 4pm in the middle of the week.- interesting history-fun to read about early history on the Big island.

Thank kmc m
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome spot to check out. First church in Hawaii and the old architecture is cool in incorporating the lava rocks into its walls. Lovely building with a local flavour

Thank AbbyRL
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

What a geat historical place to visit. We enjoyed just sitting and taking it all in. The facility is friendly and very welcoming

Thank Marty M
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

A small church on Ali'i Drive but the history is amazing. Has a nice "stage " area, children were visiting from a local school

Thank yorkshirerose81
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