|Huialoha Congregational Church, near Kaupo, first built c. 1859|
|Ke'anae Congregational Church, begun c. 1860|
|Wānanalua Congregational Church, Hana, 19th century|
|Ka'ahumanu Church, Wailuku, 1876|
|Ka'ahumanu Church clock tower|
So many churches (and buildings in general) suffer from the harsh effects of the elements in Hawai'i. The salty air and humidity corrode everything, plants and insects eat away at building materials and seek to return them to the jungle. As a result, it is not unusual for a church to have been rebuilt, in part or in whole, over the years, much as many Japanese pagodas have been reconstructed. The Huialoha church has had substantial repairs and you can see the corrosion and peeling paint on the tower at Ka'ahumanu (which is on the National Register of Historic Places, so it is definitely looked after).
|Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Kula, 1894|
|Interior of Holy Ghost|
Christianity definitely took hold in the islands and my impression is that many here are very religious (indeed, it feels a lot like the South in some ways--very strong Christian community, and if you weren't born here, you aren't from here!). Lots of smaller denominations, revivals in tents and many religious shows on tv.
|Apostolic Faith Church, Lahaina, circa 1960 (?)|
The big neon sign on the top of this building announces the main concern of the faithful at this local church in Lahaina. The Apostolic Faith Church was founded in 1923 by missionaries and now has its headquarters in Honolulu and branches on neighbor islands.
When driving through Hana one evening, there were some lovely people waving at passing motorists and taking drive-by prayer requests. A pick up (the local car of choice) would slow down and the driver would say something like, 'Pray for my mother-in-law, she has diabetes and she's not doing so well.' The people holding signs would promise to pray for her, exchange 'God bless you's and shakas (local hand signal) and off the car would drive. I'm not religious at all, but it seemed so nice and friendly, such a sweet way for ohana (family, community) to stay connected in the very small town of Hana.
|Prayer requests in Hana|
I am forced to leave aside any mention of native Hawaiian religious architecture, mainly because I’m an idiot and left going to see the huge, 14th-century Pi’ilanihale heiau until my last day on Maui, then made the mistake of going after the botanical garden closed at 2pm. And temples and shrines of all sorts. Next time...