Maui has an amazing array of churches many of which are of historical registry and significance. They can be found island wide. These churches were at the forefront of the Hawaiian cultures evolution from a caste based society to a christian based community. Maui’s unique history can be told through the stories of the island historic churches. Here is a listing of churches that have Easter services as well as deep historic roots dating back over 100 years!
Keawala’i Church in Makena – 5300 Makena Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
One of Maui’s most beautiful oceanside churches Keawala’i Church is well known as a great church for weddings. Located next door to Makena Beach Resort, their Easter Sunrise Service starts a 7:30 am Sunday morning. All are welcome!
Waiola Church Lahaina 535 Waine’e St Lahaina
This is where Christianity began for the island of Maui. The church held its first worship service on the beach fronting Lahaina in 1823. Queen Keopuolani, said to be the highest ranking Ali’i (Royalty) in the kingdom at the time (higher even than her husband Kamehameha the Great) became impressed with the Missionaries message. From Oahu she traveled with missionaries to deliver the “good word” to the people of Maui in may of 1823. She fell ill shortly thereafter and died in September of that year. She and other Ali’i are buried in the Royal Tomb, located in the church cemetery.
Holy Ghost Church in Kula
Holy Ghost Church – Old Kula Highway
This Roman Catholic church sits on the slopes of Haleakala in Kula. Said to have been serving the Portuguese Catholic community since 1875, Holy Ghost Church has a unique to Hawaii octagonal designed that was completed in 1895. In 1983 the church was placed on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places.
As well as Easter Sunrise services the church is well known for it’s annual free Holy Ghost Feast. Local Portuguese have been celebrating this feast since arriving in the 1880’s to work in the sugarcane industry and has been held ever since in early June.
Kaahumanu Church – Wailuku 103 S High St
Another church that was established by Maui’s first missionaries, Ka’ahumanu Church was established in 1832. The New England style church was built on the property of the Royal Compound of Maui’s last independent King, Kahekili. Attended by Queen Ka’ahumanu (Kamehameha’s most favored wife who was born in Hana) she requested a sanctuary be built in her name. Her request was completed by Edward Bailey in 1876 with building of the present day sanctuary building.
Ka’ahumanu Church in Wailuku
Church services here are a blend of Hawaiian and English with mele (music) and pule (prayer)
Makawao Union Church – 1445 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768
This beautiful stone church was founded in 1861 and it’s original New England style wood frame structure was dedicated in 1889. The wood frame church was razed in 1916 and the new building, designed architect Charles William Dickey, was erected using reinforced concrete with a native basalt lava rock veneer. The roof was covered in Vermont slate and the stained glass windows were reused from the old building. The adjacent Paia Community House was built in 1914 and it’s large auditorium and stage was used for operettas, plays, concerts, silent movies and dances.
Easter morning at Makawao Union Church starts with a congregational breakfast followed by a worship service and annual Easter egg Hunt for the keiki (children). All are welcome to be part of the festivities on Easter day.