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Molokai Baptist Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints [LDS])

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints [LDS]
1926. 495 Puupeelua Ave.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

This early example of a Hawaiian-style church blends classical elements with such regional vocabulary as the double-pitched hipped roof and wraparound lanai. Sited on a promontory, the church features a round-arched portico and fanlight-topped entrance. Clapboard siding and figure-four brackets, reminiscent of bungalow and Arts and Crafts traditions, complement the Hawaiian style. Double doorways along both sides of the lanai provide indoor-outdoor access as well as cross ventilation.

In 1936, approximately 66 percent of Hoolehua's population was Mormon, a result of the church's encouragement of its members to homestead. The LDS congregation abandoned this building in the 1960s, when it relocated to a more modern edifice in Kalamaula. In recent years, the Baptist church enclosed one side of the wraparound lanai to obtain more office space.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Molokai Baptist Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints [LDS])", [Kaunakakai, 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, 228-229.

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