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Kawaiaha'o Church, Honolulu Hawaii

Kawaiaha'o Church is a congregational church located in downtown Honolulu is a designated National Historic Landmark and on the Register of Historic Places. Kawaiaha'o Church has also been nicknamed “Hawaii's Westminster Abbey”, it was used as the national church of Hawaii, and the chapel of the royal family. Kawaiaha'o Church is one of the oldest standing christian places of worship in the islands and still uses the Hawaiian Language for parts of its service.

The church was commissioned by the regency of Ka'ahumanu during the reigns of Kamehameha II and III. It was constructed from 1836 to 1842 out of about 14,000 pounds of coral rock taken from an offshore reef of southern Oahu. Hawaiian divers would dive from 3-6 meters with hand tools to chisel out each block and transport it back to the shore. Kamehameha III uttered the phrase that would become Hawaii's official motto “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono, the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”, while at the church, which did not have the name Kawaiaha'o applied to it until 1853.

Kawaiaha'o church was frequented by many chiefs of the Hawaiian Islands, as well as the members of the Kamehameha and Kalakaua dynasties. The upper gallery has 21 portraits of Hawaiian Royalty “Ali'i”, and King Lunalilo is buried in the courtyard as he preferred to be buried in a christian cemetery instead of the mausoleum.


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