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“A genuine church”

Waiola Church & Waiola Cemetery
Ranked #80 of 125 things to do in Lahaina
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

Open air, service in english and hawain, beautiful and welcoming people. Visiting this church was one of the highlights of our trip. I am now interested in the history of hawai after seeing the graves.

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Reviewed December 1, 2011

In waine`e cemetery you will find many examples of how graves are marked. In early times, graves were lovingly marked by special stone or "pohaku" markers. Over time, the headstones become more westernized. A committee formed in the fall 2011 named, Na Kia I o' Waine`e", has began the process of grounds care and researching many unmarked grave sites for missing names. The original records were lost to a fire which destroyed Waiola church. On the project list, mapping of the grounds. This is an exciting project for the members, which include lineal decedents of the Ali`i. Ken at Lahainaluna's Hale Pa`i has been an invaluable part of helping the past come alive in our research. It has been a great reward to be able to replace empty spaces with names. Often, it is due to visiting families who have not been at the cemetery for years, crossing paths with us during cleaning time of the grounds. These heartfelt times are precious as we are able to add a name where it was missing. Please take your time as you journey through time, and stand beside the finale resting place of some of Hawaii'`s most beloved Ali`i. Aloha, bless you coming.

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Reviewed October 6, 2009

Having read James Michener's book, Hawaii, I was interesting in seeing this church that is represented in the book. Unfortunately, the old church is gone, replaced by a modern one that has no architectural interest. It was not open when I was there. The cemetery next to the church is very old, and seemed to have important tombs there, but I had no idea who they were and what importance they had in history of the area. I wish I'd had a leaflet explaining who was buried there. I was disappointed in this visit.

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Reviewed April 4, 2016
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Reviewed December 26, 2014
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