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Kawaiahao Church

This historic church in downtown Honolulu is made if 14,000 coral blocks and it took five years to build. Tours are available and church services are still held three times a week.

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The Kawaiahao Church in downtown Honolulu was Hawaii's first permanent church and today it is still a center of worship for the Hawaiian people. Twenty-one portraits of the royal family are on the walls of the second floor, and the rear pews are still reserved for royal descendents. The church is a National Historic Landmark and it is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

The church was built between 1936 and 1842. It was designed by Reverand Hiram Bingham and it is made of 14,000 coral blocks, each weighing between one and two thousand pounds.

There is are English language services on Sundays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and a Hawaiian language service on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 957 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 (Phone: 808-522-1333). The church is at the corner of South King Street and Punchbowl Street.

Music CDs

-Anthems of Hawaii (Kawaiahao Church Choir)
-Hawaii Aloha (Kawaiahao Church Choir)

More about the Kawaiahao Church
Kawaiahao, the first Christian church in Hawaii, was built between 1836 and 1842 in New England style architecture. 14,000 coral slabs, quarried by hand from reefs ten to twenty feet under water, comprise the main structure of the building. Each slab, weighing more than 1000 pounds, was ferried to shore by canoe. King Lunalilo, the first elected monarch of Hawai'i, was entombed on the church grounds. Many of the founding missionaries and their descendants are interred at the Mission Cemetery, first consecrated in 1823. The Adobe Schoolhouse was erected in 1835.

See also:
- Kawaiahao is a Protestant Showplace
- Graves in the Kawaiahao Church
- Aloha-Hawaii - Kawaiahao Church
- Frommers - Kawaiahao Church
- Hawaii Web - Kawaiahao Church
- Wikipedia - Kawaiahao Church

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