Tour Religious Places on Maui
A tour of Maui’s historic churches will add perspective to the island’s multi-ethnic heritage. With fascinating historical significance and dramatic architecture, these houses of worship cover a wide range of beliefs and services.
Kaʻahumanu Church on High Street in downtown Wailuku is a congregational church built in 1874. Portuguese immigrants built the Holy Ghost Mission in Maui’s Upcountry in 1894.
Holy Rosary, with its statue honoring Father Damien, and the Makawao Union Church are located between Pa’ia and Makawao. Keawalai Congregational Church on Makena Road in Kihei conducts its 9:30 a.m. Sunday services half in English, half in Hawaiian.
The Japanese Buddhist temple at Mala Wharf in Lahaina is more than a century old and houses one of the largest Buddha statues outside Japan. Travel west of Lahaina and you’ll find a serene destination that looks and feels more like Japan than Maui. The Lahaina Jodo Mission is a replica of an authentic Japanese Buddhist Temple, beautifully set against the West Maui mountains.
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