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West Kauai United Methodist Church

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1913. Kaumualii Hwy., between mile markers 18 and 19

Situated in the midst of a cane field, this church is readily observed from the highway, with its steep, red, corrugated-metal gable roof and octagonal steeple. Originally surrounded by the no longer extant Camp No. 4, a Filipino community, church services were presented for many years solely in Ilocano. The church was built by its members and their friends, while the land for the building was nominally leased from the Robinson family. The Hawaiian Sugar Company provided the materials. The facade of this single-wall, board-and-batten building presents an awkward, asymmetrical composition. A skewing break in the roofline diminishes the power of the pediment-like, front-facing gable, and results in the addition of a fourth Gothic-styled arch, transforming the standard triumphal-arched portico into an arcade. The lower roof-lines cover side aisles and protect them from the sun and rain, while three sets of sliding windows on each side wall ventilate the nave. Hurricane Iniki blew this edifice off its foundations, but it was lifted back on, and in 1995 the modest interior was upgraded. However, the original barrel-vaulted ceiling remains.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "West Kauai United Methodist Church", [Hanapepe, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 55-55.

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