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In 1864, Christian missionaries from New England did reach Kipahulu, traveling by land from Lahaina. On a point of the shore overlooking the crashing Pacific, they built a church out of limestone coral and lava rock in the simple, elegant style of the country churches and meeting houses they knew at home.


The mission of the Palapala Ho'omau Preservation Society is to return the church to a vital role in the life of the local community, to preserve the building and maintain the grounds, and to welcome visitors who value its heritage, privacy, and tranquility.


Please consider supporting  Palapala Ho'omau Church with a donation today so we  can  continue its role in the life of the Kipahulu community and beyond as a place of worship, burials and celebrations. 100 percent of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to maintaining the church and the grounds.

Visit Us

We invite you to visit us when you are on the beautiful Valley Isle of Maui. While here we ask that you arrive with reverence for our church and o'hana at their eternal rest.

For directions and travel information click on the link below.



Palapala Ho'omau Church is available for weddings and other ceremonies. More information HERE

Latest Project


Maintenance never ceases to keep the church safe from the elements on the Maui coast. The lava rock wall of the vestibule built in the 1960s to hold the stained glass window of Jesus has developed a small leak. Both the wall and the window will need a complete restoration. 

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