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Pu‘unēnē Congregational Church 1910 | by Kirt Edblom
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Pu‘unēnē Congregational Church 1910

A Christian church that helped some Japanese Americans reach beyond the sugar plantation life on Maui might be demolished.


The Puunene Congregational Church, built in 1910 as Maui's first Japanese Christian church, has been a path of opportunity for a number of children of immigrants on the Valley Isle.


But it now stands in the way of a plan by property owner Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. to expand.


The church building, about 40 feet wide and 84 feet long, is American in its architectural style, a mixture of Gothic and mission revival, with stained-glass windows and scissors trusses supporting a 30-foot-high ceiling.


The church also provided guidance for young people trying to make adjustments from Japanese culture to an American lifestyle.


The church helps to illustrate the full nature of life in a plantation town which is a part of Hawaii history.


I am planning on going back to this area in an attempt to get better shots of the church. I have seen some really cool shots posted online, but I can not figure out if the area has been fenced off since then and now I won't find a good sight of the church.

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Taken on March 29, 2020