Mahalo Mr. Murphy
David was hard at work on Wednesday removing the old church sign and a portion of the naupaka hedge to prepare a spot for the new Hokuloa Church sign. The new sign will feature the church name on a low lava rock wall in the niche of the existing lava rock barrier between the lawn and the street. David also rerouted the irrigation tubing to provide a clear space for the new sign. A second sign with additional information and space for banners or special event (e.g., concert, VBS) information will be located near the entrance to the paver path leading to the church door.
Have you seen a dollar bill with a 'www.WheresGeorge.com' stamp? Hokuloa's version is 'Where's Andrew?' On Christmas Eve 2021, when we were all outside due to the Covid pandemic, the wind blew a $20 bill out of the collection plate. It disappeared into the dark. The remnants of that Christmas gift were recovered on Wednesday.
Hokuloa in the Wayback Machine
Photos from an Images of Old Hawaii article.
Our beautiful church, God's Halepule or "House of Prayer." Hokuloa was built in 1858 - 59 and dedicated in March 1860. The walls are lava rock with a "ground-up coral/ash/sand" mortar holding the rock together. The walls are over 3 feet thick at the base. Up until the 1960's, the floor was dirt.
The church had fallen into disrepair with the collapse of the sugar cane industry in the early 1900's.
In the 1960's, the church repairs began with a new floor and new roof. Then further renovations including electricity and current roofing was added in 1989 - 90 as Rev. John Hoover prepared the church for it's re-opening. Much of the roof you can see from the inside is original.
The bell tower was repaired in 2014. Much of it had to be replaced due to termite and water damage. But it was rebuilt using the same specs as the original.
Hokuloa welcomes you to visit the church on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm OR join us in Worship on Sunday at 9:00 am.