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Church Tour: Wai`oli Hui`ia Church in Hanalei, Kauai

Even before we arrived in Kauai, I knew I needed to visit the Wai`oli Hui`ia Church. It’s a traditional green sided Hawaiian Church, nestled in the little town of Hanelei. It dates back to 1834, when it’s original mission was founded, and the Mission Hall is the oldest surviving church building on Kauai.

Outside: Wai`oli Hui`ia Church

The day we stopped by a volunteer was doing some work on the grounds, with his dog Smokey. Zoom made fast friends with Smokey right away and hugged him about a hundred times. 

Here is another view of the outside of the church.The church grounds have the dramatic backdrop of the mountains behind them. It had just rained really hard the day before, and if you look closely, you can see a waterfall that sprung up from the heavy rain.

The side of the church is lined by these beautiful flowers:

 The stained glass windows inside the church are striking. I love the simplicity of the lines. These are the ones that are the largest, looking out toward the street:
  And here is another set, this is the window above the main door:
The services are done in a mix of English and Hawaiian, as evidenced by the front of their hymnal:
  I left a prayer card for my family at the church. It was a lovely place, and I left feeling quite peaceful and renewed.

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  • Heather Woyak
    April 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Just beautiful!

  • Lola
    April 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Your pictures are gorgeous. Can honestly say I want to pack my bags…Thank you for sharing some of the history. The stained glass window is amazing, such talent.



  • Paula
    April 18, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Thanks ladies 🙂 Kauai was beautiful. 🙂

  • Deidra
    April 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I’ve been to that very same church! It is a beautiful place, but I really don’t think you can go wrong on Kauai. What a lovely place God created there. Your photos of the stained glass are stunning!

    It’s wonderful to meet you here! Thanks so much for stopping by my place this morning. Grace and peace to you…

  • redemptionsbeauty
    April 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Beautiful place revealing His grace and goodness. Nice place to be!

  • Kathy
    April 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Your pictures of this church caught my eye! I have taken similar pictures of this very church myself. I feel in love with it’s beautiful design and windows when I was there on a trip. Glad to have found your blog 🙂

  • Marianne @ Abundant Life
    April 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm


  • Modern Day Disciple
    April 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I love the pictures…it is beautiful there! I have a friend that lived in Hawaii for ten years and misses it so. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jennifer @
    April 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm


    My parents spend every January in Maui, and attend a small Tongan church there. We’ve been to visit once, and I wept through almost the whole church service, even though I couldn’t understand most of what was being said or sung.

    So that hymnal you photographed brings back a great memory — remembering how our praise crossed over a language barrier.

  • Donna
    April 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    That is such a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Maryvel Friesen
    April 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Man I so love those windows, they are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie
    April 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    That is a gorgeous church! How wonderful you all were able to visit!

  • Esther Joy
    April 23, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Thanks for taking me along virtually on the tour! Very beautiful pictures!

  • Lauren Johnson
    May 4, 2012 at 3:13 am

    What a uniquely beautiful church! Love it! Thanks for linking up!