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Kaahumanu Church

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1876, Edward Bailey. 103 S. High St.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Sitting on a large terraced lawn above the street, Kaahumanu Church presides over Wailuku. The fourth building to house the congregation formed by the Protestant missionaries' expansion to Wailuku in 1832, this well-proportioned building with its imposing steeple, steep gabled roof, and gabled portico resembles a typical New England church, rendered in a Gothic mode. The ornate, tripartite bell tower with its clock was added in 1884. The simple interior includes a turned koa balustrade and an elaborately carved koa podium.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Kaahumanu Church", [Wailuku, 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, 194-194.

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