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Palapala Ho'omau Church, Kipahulu

#15 of 32 in Historic Sites in Maui
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Palapala Ho'omau Congregational Church, a historic Hawaiian church built in 1864 by missionaries from Connecticut, is located approximately 11 miles past Hana and two miles past O'heo Gulch (Seven Pools) and Haleakala National Park on the east coast of Maui. A narrow track off the main road leads to church and graveyard, a serene sanctuary overlooking the crashing Pacific.

The church was partially destroyed by a hurricane in the 1940s and restored by Sam Pryor and Charles Lindbergh in 1964. Both men chose this sacred site as their final resting place.

Established in 2012, the Palapala Ho’omau Preservation Society, is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in the State of Hawaii, and is served by volunteers who have a special connection to this historical church.

Currently, the church does not have a formal congregation, although the Kipahulu community considers it their own and gathers there for occasional services, community sing-alongs, and other celebrations.

Palapala Ho'omau Church has been the choice of many couples through the years for very special and private weddings. If you are interested having your wedding at the church, please contact the board at for more information.

All fees and donations support the preservation and maintenance of the church and grounds. Your support for the maintenance of the church and grounds is a blessing to both the church and the community. If you would like to join our family of supporters, please send your donation by check to The Palapala Ho'omau Preservation Society, c/o Caroline Belsom, 547 Waine'e St, Lahaina, HI 96761.

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Mahalo nui loa,

The Preservation Society of Palapala Ho'omau
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  • I'm glad that this was a stop on our tour because from the parking lot it looks like a small church and that's it. However, there is quite a bit of history here. I don't want to copy the content...  more »
  • This is a small non descript church but it is where Charles Lindbergh is buried. It is on a one lane road that you woould esasily bypass on the highway if you weren't paying attention.  more »

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