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Lahaina United Methodist Church

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1922. 988 Front St.

Elevated by lava-rock, buttresslike piers, the church melds the informal, Craftsman bungalow's domesticity with the ecclesiastical associations of Gothic Revival. A shiplap-sided chalet, the building features jigsaw barge-boards, figure-four brackets, and Gothic-styled windows. A contemporary stained glass window fills the front gable's Tudor archway, illuminating the intact original interior. Established by Reverend Tokimasa in 1896, the church primarily served the Japanese community, with services presented in that language until 1939 when English was introduced. With Pioneer Mill's consolidation of its camp housing, this church absorbed Mala Village Camp's Filipino Methodist Church, as well as the Puukolii Camp's Methodist Church in 1958, resulting in a more ethnically diverse membership.

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Author: 
Don J. Hibbard
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Don J. Hibbard, "Lahaina United Methodist Church", [Lahaina, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/HI-01-MA33.

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Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 206-207.

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