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.
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