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Huialoha Congregational Church | by Kirt Edblom
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Huialoha Congregational Church

Wedged between the looming, leeward shoulder of Haleakala volcano and the borderless blue ocean, the rural district of Kaupo is East Maui’s version of the Wild West. Since 1859, Huialoha Congregational Church has stood sentry on this wind-whipped coastline, a reminder of humankind’s nobler qualities: self-sacrifice, hospitality, and simple joy.

 

It’s the rare individual who’s attracted to this remote and rugged region—as its sparse population attests.

The humble, whitewashed sanctuary on tiny Mokulau Peninsula is a hardy treasure. Built by Christian missionaries and their Hawaiian converts, its two-foot-thick rock walls have weathered earthquakes, storms, even the exodus of its people. For 150 years and counting, whenever the elements have taken too great a toll, Huialoha has summoned a cast of characters to its aid.

 

 

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Taken on February 11, 2020