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Address: 535 Wainee St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1109
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+1 808-661-4349
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Sun 09:00 - 10:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 14:00
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Both Waiola (which means "Water of Life") Church and the Waiola...

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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Aloha Spirit Lives Here

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 October 2016
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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56 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 is in English and Hawaiian, the homily is intelligent, the brunch after church is delicious!... More 

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Santa Ynez, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 have forsaken the faith. Many of the congregants are Hawaiian with a rich history. Many... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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. Come and visit our most sacred Queen Keopuolani in the tomb and you can feel... More 

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1 Thank JMinMaui
South San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 lady and a descendant of Hawaiian alii. Sadly my father passed away while vacationing and... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Maui, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2013

We first attended a Sunday service at the Waiola Church in 2008 because the hymns and the service were in a combination of English and Hawaiian. We felt so welcomed and had such a lovely experience that we've returned each time we visit Maui. Park on the grass (see how the other cars are lined up), admire the sanctuary, be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 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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