Kawaiahaʻo Church is a historic Congregational church located in Downtown Honolulu on the Hawaiian Island of Oʻahu. The church, along with the Mission Houses, comprise the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site, which was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark (NHL) in 1962. In 1966 it and all other NHLs were included in the first issuance of the National Register of Historic Places.See Kawaiahao Church and all Honolulu has to offer by arranging your trip with our Honolulu travel app.
At one time the national church of the Hawaiian Kingdom and chapel of the royal family, the church is popularly known as Hawaiʻi's Westminster Abbey. The name comes from the Hawaiian noun phrase Ka wai a Haʻo (the water of Haʻo), because its location was that of a spring and freshwater pool of a High Chieftess Haʻo. It has also been called the "hale pule lahui", the Great Stone Church, the Hawaiian Tabernacle (luakini), the Mother Church, the Kingʻs Church, the Kingʻs chapel, and the "Aliʻi Church".
Today, Kawaiahaʻo continues to use the Hawaiian language for parts of the service. It is the oldest church on Oʻahu and one of the oldest standing Christian places of worship in Hawaiʻi, although four thatched churches stood at or near the present site before construction of the coral church. The oldest standing church is Mokuaikaua Church on the Big Island. Denominationally, It is a member of the United Church of Christ.
Kawaiahao Church reviews
If you go to downtown Honolulu, this church is must go place. In 1820, this church was made by giant coral slabs. Still this significant architecture is beautiful and land mark of downtown... more »
We didn't actually go inside this church, we just took some pictures of the exterior because it was so cool looking. It's been around since at least World War II. more »
We went to church here to hear our daughter sing with Honor Choir USA. The people who go to this church are amazing. They are welcoming and very sweet. The church service was very different from what we are used to and not just because half of it was in Hawaiian. I really enjoyed the service and getting to know some of the people there. We were also blessed with a song while we were waiting for the service to start by an amazing lady who was a famous Hula dancer and singer. When we go back to the island of Oahu we will go back again. Be warned though there is no A/C take a hand fan.
Not a lot going on the day we were here. It was part of a scavenger hunt. I’m sure it has a ton of rich history but I’d rather be exploring the beach or diamond head.
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