You are here

Sacred Hearts Church

-A A +A
1983, Spencer Leineweber. 500 Office Rd.
  • (Photograph by Joel Bradshaw)

This mission of Maria Lanakila Roman Catholic Church was constructed to serve Kapalua's residents and guests. The church's steep gable roof, three-tiered bell tower, shallow transepts, and stained glass lancet windows in the chancel follow Gothic forms. The nave's eight sets of koa double doors brighten the interior and offer natural ventilation, while the pergola-covered lanai on each side provide informal public gathering spaces.

Spencer Leineweber was born in New Jersey and graduated from Cornell University's department of architecture. Upon graduation, she relocated to Hawaii and in 1978 opened her office, Spencer Ltd. Six years later, she entered into partnership with Glenn Mason to form the firm Spencer-Mason Architects. When this company dissolved in 1998, she started Spencer Architects. Known primarily for her work in historic preservation, Leineweber also has designed several residences and the Christ United Methodist Church in Honolulu (2002; 1639 Keeaumoku Street).

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


What's Nearby


Don J. Hibbard, "Sacred Hearts Church", [Lahaina, 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, 210-210.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.