Religious Sites in Honolulu

Religious Sites in Honolulu, HI

Religious Sites in Honolulu

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  • ITRT
    Virginia37,937 contributions
    We attended Easter mass at St Augustine by the Sea Roman Catholic Church. The church and service were beautiful and meaningful. The priest came in wearing sandals but took them off during the mass. The music provided by a man playing the piano and singing was so poignant. A palm fond was used to sprinkle holy water on attendees. This is a traditional Easter practice in all Catholic Churches on Easter. The church itself is an A-frame modernistic design and has a copper-covered roof. There are twenty magnificent stained-glass windows depicting the history of the Catholic Church in Hawaii. As you walk into the church, you can help but be awed with how interior’s wooden beams seem to flow from the floor to the ceiling. Near the entrance is a side altar dedicated to Father Damien, the priest who worked with the lepers on Molokai. A small courtyard is filled with native flowers and a statue of St. Augustine. I would suggest getting their early to find a parking space in their small parking lot.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Sally M
    Woodstown, NJ26 contributions
    For a truly Hawaiian experience, even if you are not an Episcopalian, attend the Sunday 8 am hawaiian language service at this Cathedral. Very easy to access from Waikiki and near Iolani Palace and the Governor's Mansion if you are touring around Honolulu. We never miss it every time we go. The people are very friendly and hint hint sometimes the Royal Society is there to celebrate or commemorate a Royal's birthday! Fabulous piece of history
    Written 9 February 2020
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  • jarmwr40
    British Columbia, Canada3,125 contributions
    we had visited the amazing foster botanical gardens and were wandering along the canal/river, which was very unappealing, brown and filled with garbage, disturbing to see such. the area along here was also rough with homelessness etc which is sad to see. we came upon this shrine and very happy to have done so. very busy, possibly an event....i just looked up the day we visited and it was dec. 6th! it was founded in 1906. closed in 1941 and "illegally acquired by the city and county. after lengthy legal action the shrine was returned in 1961" and moved to this spot. it is one of the few active shinto shrines in the U.S.. There is a replica of the hiroshima peace bell on view. and to commemorate the atomic bombing of hiroshima a peace service is held here annually...which is the day we were there! very cool to just learn that now. i was welcomed warmly by the priest as i wandered about. another spontaneous discovery while travelling. its the best!
    Written 23 January 2020
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  • EWNL
    Raleigh, NC80 contributions
    This is worth a visit, even for a brief moment to imagine the history of Kalihi back in the 1920s when this shrine’s location was first established. Notice in the neighborhood the mix of Filipinos, Hawaiians, Chinese and more recently Koreans, etc., in the area.
    Written 21 April 2016
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  • Patti714
    Windsor, MA22 contributions
    Easy access, reasonabe cost. Definetely a cultural learning opportunity. Temple is beautiful. Out of respect no pics inside.
    Written 4 June 2019
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  • ttocsttocs
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA8,112 contributions
    ...where I was the only visitor around. I did see a couple monks: an older man walking outside the main building who broadly smiled at me, a thin young man intensely working on the garden who ignored me. Oh yea, there was a lady too - she smiled as well. I wish I could listen to them. But their silence says a lot too. So it was a very quiet and peaceful hour here for me. It did rain a bit so I just walked around and snapped my pics. I would have like to have sat and maybe meditate a bit, but I don't know if I actually meditate when I try. Actually, it's been hard for me to sit still lately. That stuff just keeps flowing through me no matter how short or long it's been. Just the same, lots here to see; it's a very ornate temple. I think they have a parking lot but I left my car on the street. It's unnecessary for me to describe what I saw; I think the pics everyone posted is better to see. You know I was able to light some incense for Paula, Stan, Doris, and Michael. I did that as well in Byodoin a few days back. That's gonna be my thing every time I go to a temple. I really love going to these places for some reason. I remember I was at a Buddhist meeting sort of connected to something else - oh this was maybe 5 years back - and shared that when I first read the 4 Noble Truths, I knew it was my truth. I knew it was real, and I didn't need faith to believe it. It explains everything succinctly and I'm certain of this still to this moment. I so wish I could connect to Buddhism more than I have - sometimes I think there's no other hope.
    Written 1 October 2021
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  • lli_030
    Utrecht, The Netherlands114 contributions
    The entrance is impressive, almost resort like. As soon as you step onto the grounds, you are approached by staff. Very friendly. They explain what this temple is to the Mormons, and they explain the rudimentary principles of their believe. This without trying to convert you. Just explaining, so you can understand.
    When we were there, most, if not all of the staff was young, international, en female. Is that a coincidence, we wondered.
    Written 21 September 2017
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  • SaddviAndalwala
    Jharkhand, India583 contributions
    This Buddhist pagoda houses the mortal remains of Ishizuchi, the monk who had spread Buddhism to Hawai Island. It was a wonderful and magnificent pagoda, at the very heart of Oahu.
    Written 2 October 2018
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  • CindyLou
    Houston, Texas, USA139 contributions
    Just next to Queen Emma's Summer Palace off the Pali. Worth a little stop to visit hidden history. The oldest Shinto Temple outside of Japan. It is peaceful and have to say-cute! Take the time to read all the how-tos out of respect. You take you shoes off to enter and ring the bell so you wake up the spirits. Stop and also read some of the prayers lining the prayer wall outside. Some have sad surprises. Put your 25cents in the machine and receive your 'blessing' made in Japan. Clean and well kept. Right next to a park with some amazing trees. Good place for a quiet moment.
    Written 6 February 2019
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  • geovaughnni
    Palm Springs, CA433 contributions
    Central Union Church (CUC) is a community of faith that recognizes you as a whole person - they treasure and embrace all. CUC has a very long history in Honolulu, but it is modern and forward thinking as it seeks new ways to discover, share and practice love for all as Jesus taught. The members we have met come from many places, many traditions, and have many stories. If you live in Hawai’i, or if your travels bring you here, give the people at CUC the opportunity to say, “E komo mai!” Because it has been our experience that no matter who you are, or where you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome.
    Written 9 July 2018
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  • SaddviAndalwala
    Jharkhand, India583 contributions
    Although this is basically a pagoda, it has been styled to look much like a Hindu Temple. The Lama's here were very cordial to me as a tourist and escorted me to the various rooms and halls of the temple.
    Written 2 October 2018
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  • rayrest
    London, UK7,424 contributions
    Stumbled across this whilst walking through the Hilton Hawaiian village and was a bit surprised to see a white Chapel on landscaped grounds.
    Written 28 June 2017
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  • Patrice
    Corona, CA36 contributions
    Attended the Choral Eucharist at 10:30 am. Music was fabulous! Organist played the pipe organ with grace and precision... good leadership for singing. Choir was excellent. Preacher skillfully told stories and explained Scripture text extremely well. Met by members with a ribbon lei, a sign of welcome. Very friendly folks. The Sunday I attended, artistic members were showing their work in the fellowship hall. This church is very involved in community outreach. This morning was a highlight of my visit to Honolulu!
    Written 9 March 2019
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  • Rosario_it
    Belgium1,827 contributions
    I saw this temple when I was visiting the area of downtown Honolulu.
    This temple is in the Chinatown part of the town but it is not very interesting.
    Written 2 January 2018
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  • singabob
    Honolulu, HI192 contributions
    As a long-time resident of O`ahu, most Hawaiians are well acquainted with Saints Damien and Marianne, who lived among us less than one hundred years ago. Father Damien did not worship in this particular building.

    Blessed Sacrament does have one Latin Mass on Sundays (at 10am) but follows the usual Vatican II English Mass at 7 am and during the Saturday vigil at 5pm.

    Further, Damien was made a priest at the nearby Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu, the second oldest continuously used Cathedral in the United States (after New Orleans). You may also find relics of both saints in this Church (and Masses are every 90 minutes on Sunday morning). You may also find a statue of him in front of the Hawai`i State Capitol (and inside the U.S. Capitol rotunda).

    Finally, there will also soon be a Museum to both saints (and to the missionary work of the Polynesian people by 2020) adjacent to St. Augustine by-the-Sea Catholic Church in Waikiki.
    Written 25 April 2019
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