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Keawalai Congregational Church

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1855. Makena Rd., near Honoiki St.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Organized in 1832, the church's congregation worshipped in a thatched building until this stone church was constructed. Like other apana churches of its genre, this one features lava-rock walls, a shingled gable roof, and a belfry over the entrance. To add support for the walls, the builders thickened the lower three feet, which gives the interior a distinctive appearance. In addition to the central front entrance, doors are centered on the two side walls, reminiscent of New England meetinghouses. The church's original belfry collapsed in 1962. The ensuing rehabilitation produced the present belfry, added an exterior coat of concrete to protect the walls, and replaced the doors and windows.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Keawalai Congregational Church", [Kihei, 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, 201-201.

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