Our first Sunday on the Big Island we had the opportunity to attend a local church. We attended Mokuaikaua Church. Something interesting behind the meaning of the word Mokuaikaua is that it means “district acquired by war” in the Hawaiian language. This was the first Christian church in Hawaii, founded in 1820 by Asa and Lucy Goodale Thurston. They arrived on the Thaddeus, the first ship of American Christian Missionaries.
Mokuaikaua Church was interesting because the majority of individuals attending were visitors. This made sense because the church was located in a dense tourist location. The church was beautiful in a simple way.
The service was fairly similar to the typical churches located in Grand Rapids. However, some of the Bible verses were first spoken in Hawaiian followed by English. Attending church in Hawaii was a great experience to join in worship with our group, other tourists, and locals.