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Lanakila Ihiihi O Iehova Ona Kaua Church

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1863. Off Hana Hwy., between mile markers 16 and 17

The only structure on Keanae peninsula to survive the 1946 tsunami, this sturdy little building was constructed over a six-year period with volunteer labor. Similar to other apana churches of its time, the building features rubble lava-rock walls with shingled gables and a small belfry inset over the entrance. Buttresses were added to the corners of the structure to provide further stability for the twenty-eight-inch-thick walls. The congregation restored and rededicated the church in 1969. The original trusses hewn from local ohia trees still support the roof. The church's name translates to “Sacredness, Success of Jehovah, the Son of God.”

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Lanakila Ihiihi O Iehova Ona Kaua Church", [Keanae, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 214-215.

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