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‘Ōhi’a Lehua trees are usually found between elevations of 1,000 and 9,000 feet.Some sources say the ‘Ōhi’a Lehua wood used in the church’s construction came from Mt. We saw many of these native Hawaiian trees as we explored Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.The church has multiple cracks in the stone walls caused by time and an earthquake, dysfunctional and faulty electrical wiring, termite damage, and dry rot damage to beams in the steeple and wooden window frames.
The church building is almost 200 years old and in the rear of the church, is a museum area showcasing historical documents and artifacts on display, a replica of the brig Thaddeus that brought the first Christian missionaries to Hawaii, and an audio recording that plays over speakers.
The first church was destroyed by fire and in 1835 construction began on a new stone and mortar structure.
Completed in 1837, Mokuʻaikaua Church sits today much as it did almost 200 years ago.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Mokuaikaua Church as the 11th most endangered historic site in the US.
Without immediate attention, Mokuaikaua Church may be at the critical point of being beyond repair.