10 Sacred & Religious Sites in Hawaii That You Shouldn't Miss

May 18, 2022 Roseanne Arnett

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1. Wananalua Congregational Church

10 Hauoli Rd, Hana, Maui, HI +1 808-248-8040 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wananalua-Congregational-Church/163073377054278
Excellent
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5.0 based on 16 reviews

Wananalua Congregational Church

2. Kawaiahao Church

957 Punchbowl St. Downtown Honolulu, Oahu, HI +1 808-522-1333 http://www.kawaiahao.org
Excellent
45%
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Kawaiahao Church

The oldest church in Honolulu served as the royal chapel for 20 years.

Reviewed By Jazzdat - Clearwater, United States

We attended the 9:00 AM Sunday Worship Service on the First Sunday of Advent, December 2017. It was lovely and decorated beautifully for Christmas. As guests, we were made to feel welcome and we were presented leis at the beginning of the service. Communion is available on the first Sunday of every month to all Christians.The church is celebrating its 197th Anniversary as a Christian church (Protestant). The service is given in Hawaiian and English and embraces its historic past as the National Church for the former Kingdom of Hawaii (pre-statehood). The architecture of the church itself is stunning and historic artwork and Hawaiian artifacts can be found throughout it. On the Sunday we visited, the service was conducted by Rev. James "Kimo" Merseberg, who I understand is a visiting pastor.

3. Pu'ukohola Heiau

62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9720 +1 808-882-7218 ext. 1011 http://www.nps.gov/puhe/index.htm
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4.5 based on 175 reviews

Pu'ukohola Heiau

A stone temple built by King Kamehameha in 1719.

Reviewed By ayakoi619

This is a old temple, Heiau, which was built by King Kamehameha I and one of the best preserved place compare to all of the others which locate in Hawaii state. You also can enjoy short trail around the heiau, so please wear comfortable shoes. Visiting the center first, then look around the heiau will be easy to understand for young kids.

4. Mokuaikaua Church

75-5713 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3719 +1 808-329-0655 [email protected] http://mokuaikaua.com
Excellent
44%
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42%
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4.5 based on 432 reviews

Mokuaikaua Church

Founded in 1836 by Boston missionaries.

Reviewed By tammyhagelberg - Chino Hills, United States

Very welcoming! Heard a wonderful message from the book of Ezekiel while sitting on the breezeway. The traditional service was more contemporary than the description given on the website, which was a bonus for me. Got to hear about the history of the church, the refurbishment, the upcoming 200th celebration (April 4, 2020), and about the very generous anonymous donor that is helping to get this project completed. What a great way to start my vacation! Praise be to God!

5. Mookini Heiau

Island of Hawaii, HI +1 808-591-1170
Excellent
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Mookini Heiau

Spiritual place thought to be the birthplace of King Kamehameha.

Reviewed By IndridKolde

My rental Jeep got me to within a short 15 minute walk to the Heiau, there’s one 3’ deep pond I didn’t want to cross even in the Jeep and the Heiau isn’t much farther on foot so I hiked on in. I was the only person there. A very quiet and sublime place where thousands of Hawaiians were sacrificed. Respect was given. Probably one of the less visited sites but well worth the short trip for the history and the incredible view of Maui and breaching whales offshore. A very picturesque place to visit while noting the horror and yet history of the past

6. Valley of the Temples

47-200 Kahekili Hwy., Kaneohe, Oahu, HI +1 808-239-8811 http://www.valley-of-the-temples.com
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4.5 based on 346 reviews

Valley of the Temples

Reviewed By 580kirstya - Sydney, Australia

Take your time here. It may seem like it is just a "five minute" walk around - but there are little nooks and cranny's where you can hide in plain sight, but tucked away behind some lovely trees. Sit on the seats, feed the huge koi fish and birds (they will eat from your hand if you are patient), pet the cats (careful of the calico one, he's cranky!), chickens that want cuddles, peacocks that just strut around, light some incense, give thanks and say a prayer (or three) to give charitably and to just reflect in the ambiance. It was such a restful place.

7. Star of the Sea Painted Church

Pahoa Kalapana Road, Kalapana, Island of Hawaii, HI +1 808-936-8660 http://Mirandasbigislandtour.com
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Star of the Sea Painted Church

Reviewed By MikeH305 - Phoenix, United States

This is a church that has a little history. Fr Damien was in the area when he arrived in the islands. This curch was built in 1927-28 after he was here but is dedicated to him. Stain Glass is int he church of Fr Damien and Sister Cope. Worth seeing and right on the road to Kalapana.

8. Byodo-In Temple

47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI 96744-4562 +1 808-239-8811 http://www.byodo-in.com/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1,808 reviews

Byodo-In Temple

Reviewed By VictoriaAllen - Las Vegas, United States

Byodo-In Temple is located inside the Valley of The Temples Memorial Park and is a replica of an old Buddhist temple from Japan. We went here as part of a city tour and I must say was probably my most favorite stop. The drive to the temple took us through a cemetery that had the most beautiful marble headstones and the grounds are very well-maintained. There's a gravel path that leads to either side of the temple and allows for some picturesque and tranquil views. Beautiful architecture against the backdrop of the Ko'olau Ridge takes your breath away. The temple is surrounded by a beautiful Japanese-style garden complete with a koi pond, statue of Buddha and traditional Japanese tea house. Donations are welcome for the restoration of the Buddha statue and you are asked to remove your shoes before entering (as a sign of respect) and they welcome you to light incense as an offering to Buddha. You can also purchase food to feed the koi -- a lot of fun for kids! Truly one of the best sites to see when visiting Oahu. When not visiting with a tour, there is no time limit on the length of your visit. Definitely a must see when visiting the island.

9. The Painted Church

84-5140 Painted Church Rd, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704-8409 +1 808-328-2227 http://keolamagazine.com/art/painted-church/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 707 reviews

The Painted Church

Reviewed By chimayred - Durham, United States

an interesting middle ground between something to make a destination and something to stop at as you drive by. A beautiful little whitewashed church, with a beautiful interior painted with biblical scenes; nice setting, interesting history. I would recommend this.

10. St. Philomena Church

Kalaupapa National Historical Preserve, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742 http://www.damientoursllc.com
Excellent
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

St. Philomena Church

Reviewed By dawnw968 - Wisconsin, United States

The stories behind the church and the people who attended there are very interesting. It's humbling to hear what the people had to endure.

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