Kawaiahao Church

This will be my last post from our trip to Hawaii this spring..


My trip to Prague Czech Republic and our river cruise from Nuremberg Germany to Koblenz with a follow on trip of 3 wonderful days in Berlin.

I came home with 3200 images, which I have sorted and organized into city and topic folders.  Over the next few months, I will be placing a few images in every post of the various sights, towns and cities we visited.

So today…  Kawaiahao Church in downtown Honolulu…  tomorrow… Prague begins.

While we were in Honolulu last April, a city bus crashed into the wall outside this church.  It is estimated that the wall had stood since 1840, but part of it was destroyed by the crash.  Work began the middle of April to restore the wall.

From the Wikipedia – a little history of this church

Kawaiahaʻo Church is a historic Congregational church located in Downtown Honolulu on the Hawaiian Island of Oʻahu.   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 in the care of a High Chiefess Haʻo.   Today, Kawaiahaʻo continues to use the Hawaiian language for parts of the service. It is one of the oldest standing Christian places of worship in Hawaiʻi.

Kawaiahaʻo Church was commissioned by the regency of Kaʻahumanu during the reigns of Kamehameha II and Kamehameha III. Designed by Rev. Hiram Bingham in the New England style of the Hawaiian missionaries, it was constructed between 1836 and 1842 of some 14,000 thousand-pound slabs of coral rock quarried from an offshore reef on the southern coast of Oʻahu.