Kawaiahao Church


March 30, 1820: After 164 days of traveling through the United States and sailing through the Pacific Ocean in the Thaddeus, fourteen missionaries (seven mission couples) arrived in Hawaii at Kawaihae and Kailua-Kona, Big Island. The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions funded these missionaries, who were Presbyterians, Congregationalists and Dutch Reformists from New England.

1820: Hawaiian royalty granted missionaries land at Kawaiahao for their residence, and native Hawaiian laborers built thatched houses for them.

1837: Native Hawaiians started quarrying coral to use as materials for the church’s construction.
July 31, 1838: The digging of the foundation began, and about a thousand people dug to the bedrock.

1837-1842: Thousands of Native Hawaiians worked towards the construction of Kawaiahao Church, which was built at the estimated cost of $30,000. Native Hawaiians dove ten to twenty feet into the ocean to chisel slabs of coral from the reef, each weighing over 1,000 pounds. They brought about 14,000 slabs to the surface, put them into canoes, sailed them to shore, and built the church.

July 21, 1842: Four-thousand to five-thousand attendees, including King Kamehameha III, attended the dedication ceremonies.

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Articles from Chronicling America

“Many Notable Events: Ringing Words of the Elder Bingham in Kawaiahao Church”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., December 12, 1894, Image 1

“How It Began: The Early History of Kawaiahao”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., August 14, 1900, Page 5, Image 5

“Diamond Jubilee of Kawaiahao Church: The Seventy-Five Years of Labor Here”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., December 03, 1900, Image 1

“Hawaii’s Temple of the Faith: Church Kawaiahao as a Memorial Abbey”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., April 19, 1902, Image 1

“Kawaiahao Is Given a Site for Parsonage: Hiram Bingham Asks to Assist the Good Work Which Was Started by His Father”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., August 31, 1903, Image 1

“Body of Hawaii’s Queen Rests in State; Hundreds Pay Tribute”
Honolulu star-bulletin., November 13, 1917, 3:30 Edition, Image 2

3 Comments on “Kawaiahao Church”

  1. […] Read the timeline for Kawaiahao Church. […]

  2. […] satin trimmed with rose-point lace, her body rested in state on a yellow-draped koa table in Kawaiahao Church. Hundreds of people went to pay tribute to Hawaii’s former head of […]

  3. […] in history — March 12, 1899 — thousands of people visited Princess Kaiulani’s body in Kawaiahao Church to see her one last time. After the funeral service, a procession went from King Street to the […]

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