The Hawaiian Serenaders are performing at the “Kokua I Ka Hale Pule” benefit for Ka‘ahumanu Church on Sunday, June 28 at 12 noon on the grounds of the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and features food and drink, craft vendors, music/entertainment, baked goods competition, silent auction, and a special exhibit courtesy of Maui Historical Society. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at the Bailey House Museum and Native Intelligence in Wailuku. All proceeds will go to help fund the much needed emergency repairs and restoration of Ka‘ahumanu Church that was badly damaged during the last storm.
The present building was built in 1875 by Edward Bailey. It is an example of the adaptation of the New England style of gothic architecture brought to Hawaii using native materials in the construction. The building is the fourth place of worship for the congregation.
The original congregation came into being in 1832, and held worship meetings in a shed. During that year, Queen Ka‘ahumanu, the Kuhina Nui of the Hawaiian Kingdom, an ardent convert to Christianity, visited the congregation and asked that when the congregation constructed a church building that it be named for her. Her request was honored in 1875 with the present building.
In 2004, I was initiated into the Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu, a royal society of Native Hawaiian women honoring Queen Ka‘ahumanu. We attend services to celebrate the Queen’s birthday in March at Ka‘ahumanu Church. As historian for the Ahahui, I have given speeches about the Queen during the services.
Ka‘ahumanu Church is part of the Hawaii Conference United Church of Christ Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches. Information about the church was taken from a church bulletin.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele