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Hui Aloha Church

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c. 1857. Piilani Hwy., between mile markers 34 and 35
  • Hui Aloha Church in Kaupo (Photograph by Josh Berglund19, CC BY 2.0)

Standing on the shore in secluded serenity, the open space surrounding Hui Aloha Church belies the former presence of a once thriving Hawaiian community. Like a number of other apana churches on Maui, this building has plastered stone walls, thirty inches thick, and a wooden gable with a modest inset belfry over the entrance. The picturesque lava-rock ruins behind the church are the remnants of a mission-operated school, situated within the premise's stone walls. The site conveys the aspirations of early Christian missionary efforts in Hawaii. The name “Hui Aloha” means “gathering of love,” and the pristine condition of the structure may be attributed to the congregation's dedicated care, following a renovation in the 1970s.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Hui Aloha Church", [Hāna, 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, 216-216.

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