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Keawala’i Congregational Church

Keawala’i Congregational Church is a church located in Makena, HI. The church first opened its doors in 1832. Since then, the building has undergone significant repairs and renovations, making it a modern, welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike. The primary goal of the church is to share the word of God across generations. The church accepts everyone, loves everyone, and welcomes everyone to each individual sermon. The church also strives to unite Hawaiian Heritage with the Christian faith.

When the church was founded in 1832, it was built using a combination of grass and coral rocks. People living in the area brought stones from the beach and used them to create the building. Then, a professional carpenter worked to put a roof on the structure, welcoming people to weekend services.

In 1856, people in the local community raised money to purchase a bell for the church from the contiguous United States. The bell arrived in the 1860s, and construction of the belfry began in 1862. The church underwent significant repairs and renovations during the next 100 years. Severe thunderstorms damaged the church from time to time. In the 1950s, the church received a facelift, making it a more modern structure. In 1952, the church was fully revitalized, with members coming together to raise money to reconstruct it.

Throughout the year, the church holds a variety of events. Church leaders encourage people to be active participants in the local community. There are charity drives, food drives, and service projects that strive to give back to the community.

Today, the church is a cornerstone of the local community. Services are held regularly, and people of all ages are welcome to attend. Special services take place during the holidays, particularly around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. The church also serves as a shelter for people who are going through difficult times in their lives. The church is committed to maintaining Hawaiian traditions, which is why Hawaiian songs, dances, and music are incorporated into services. The goal of the church is to represent the diverse cultures that make up its congregation.

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