Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church is a parish of the Roman Catholic Church of Hawaiʻi in the United States. Located in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, 75-5769 Ali'i Drive, coordinates 19°38′13″N 155°59′28″W.Put St. Michael the Archangel Church into our Kailua-Kona itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Kailua-Kona.
The church falls under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Honolulu and its bishop. On June 17, 1839, Kamehameha III declared religious freedom in the Kingdom in the Edict of Toleration. A mission named after Saint Michael the Archangel was founded in 1840, the first Catholic Church on the island. The first services were in a small grass hut. Governor John Adams Kuakini gave the land South of Mokuʻaikaua Church to the Catholic mission in 1841. The present church was completed in 1850 under Father Joachim Merechel. He was buried inside the church in 1859. In 1940 Father Benno Evers constructed a grotto of coral from Kailua Bay over the site of the original well.
The parish includes the mission churches of Immaculate Conception in Holualoa, St. Peter by the Sea Church (known as the "Little Blue Church") on Kahaluʻu bay, St. Paul in Kawanui and Holy Rosary in Kalaoa. The land beneath Holy Rosary was given to the Church by King Kalakaua in 1876.
The main church building was forced to close on September 24, 2007, due to lingering damage from the earthquake in the area almost a year prior, on October 15, 2006. The parish continued to hold Mass in a tent on the site.
In 2009, the parish announced the church would be demolished in November 2009. A nearby building that served as a convent has also been demolished. Construction on a new church began in early 2013. In 2009, a book was published detailing the history of the 159-year-old church.
St. Michael the Archangel Church reviews
We tried to attend the mass but we pick the wrong time so we just get inside and pray. That was June to July 2019. We then left and visit a lot of tourist spots when I found out that I lost my... more »
We attended the 9am mass on Sunday and were very impressed with the new church. The priest said a great mass and the music was beautiful more »
In the heart of seaside community. Beautiful, air conditioned church. Come early or stay after and enjoy this beautiful area with fun shops and dining.
Wonderful Catholic church. Very nice parishioners and laid back vibe. Nice anointing. On Sunday morning Mass at 0700 some of the Mass is sung in Hawaiian. Heavenly. I'll come back to this church.
Plan your trip to Kailua-Kona
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Kailua-Kona
Hidden gems in Kailua-Kona
See all ›
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Kailua-Kona
Trips to St. Michael the Archangel Church by other users
4 days in Kailua-Kona BY A USER FROM JAPAN March, hidden gems Preferences: March Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 17 days in Kailua-Kona BY A USER FROM JAPAN December, hidden gems Preferences: December Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, kids, beaches, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, teens, kids, beaches Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 17 days in Kailua-Kona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 6 days in Kailua-Kona BY A USER FROM JAPAN November, hidden gems Preferences: November Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Kailua-Kona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium