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Waiola Church & Waiola Cemetery

535 Wainee St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1109
+1 808-661-4349
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Sacred grounds

Let me start out by saying that I did not attend a church service here. I wanted to see the... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
Lori V
Marysville, Washington
Amazing Local Service

We were here for Psalm Sunday services and were blown away. We received an extravagant welcome... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
laconia, nh
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Both Waiola (which means "Water of Life") Church and the Waiola (or Waine'e) Graveyard next to it figure heavily into Maui's history. Many important figures from the early days of Hawaiian colonization are buried here, the famous next to the unknown, and perhaps more importantly, the Hawaiian next to the Western.
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535 Wainee St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1109
+1 808-661-4349
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

Let me start out by saying that I did not attend a church service here. I wanted to see the grounds and the cemetery and we visited when the church was not open. You definitely get the feeling of respect when walking through the cemetery....More

Thank Lori V
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We were here for Psalm Sunday services and were blown away. We received an extravagant welcome, and the service itself included several native-language hymns, and some wonderful and prayerful sharing of stories and concerns. This is a special place.

Thank jwredlabel
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

I have had a long-time association with UCC churches and their "welcoming and affirming" policy to people from all walks of life. This small, historically Hawaiian church has that and more in the way of welcome ~ Hawaiian style. The people are friendly, the service...More

Thank MaryAnnTravels
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Take the Lahaina historical tour given by westin ocean resort villas for a full explanation of church & its grounds' history. It's even recognized as sovereign land

1  Thank MirenAA
Reviewed 1 February 2016

As believers , we decided to worship at the oldest church in Maui and one of the oldest in all the islands. founded in the 1830's by direct decree of Kamehameha 1, This church preserves the good Christian tradition of the Hawaiian people when many...More

1  Thank C W
Reviewed 21 January 2016

The aloha was very evident when I visited this church. I enjoyed hearing hymns sung in Hawaiian accompanied by ukuleles, and seeing the graves of some of the first Hawaiians buried in the Christian manner.

1  Thank watersprite716
Reviewed 1 December 2015

Although Waiola Church and the adjoining Waine'e Cemetery may seem sleepy and (as another reviewer mentioned) not very active, it is actually a wonderful congregational church with immense historical value. Since its inception in 1823, this place has had and continues to have great significance....More

1  Thank JMinMaui
Reviewed 15 September 2015

First let me say I'm saddened by a few reviews that look at Waiola church as a tourist attraction. The cemetery is sacred ground and the church is where people go for strength, community, guidance and love. I came here referred by a lovely young...More

2  Thank icantbarrett
Reviewed 28 August 2015

What neat graves! I thought I would find a lot of older or more interesting graves, but the setting itself was cool.

Thank Mindy Y
Reviewed 15 September 2013

Great graveyard with Hawaiian royalty buried here. Not a very active church but once a year they do a low key luau with excellent entertainment.

Thank Jimgloria
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