Sunday, March 8, 2015

First Hawaii Catholics

A  L  O  H  A   from   Honolulu!
" Different flowers 
look good 
to different people. "
                                  Chinese Proverb

  Our Lady of Peace 
Malia O Ka Malu
[ lHawn. lit:' Maria of the Calm ] 

 Oldest cathedral in continuous use
 in the United States.

 Saint Damien of 
Molokaʻi was ordained here
on May 21, 1864.

Placed on the 
National Register of Historic Places 
in 1972. 

" After some years of persecution 
of Roman Catholicism in the 
Hawaiian Islands (partly instigated by 
Congregationalist and 
Presbyterian missionaries 
who had befriended the 
Kamehameha dynasty)
the Royal Hawaiian government 
issued an Edict of Toleration 
creating freedom of religious 
expression June 17, 1839

 As an act 
of reconciliation, 
Kamehameha III gave the 
first Roman Catholic missionaries
a piece of the royal estate on 
which to build the first 
Roman Catholic church in the kingdom. 
Ground was broken on July 9, 1840, 
coinciding with the 
Feast of Our Lady of Peace.  
Mass was celebrated on that day,
and 280 native Hawaiians 
received the sacraments of baptism, 
confirmation, and first 
The cornerstone of the building 
was ceremonially laid on 
August 6, 1840. 
Native Hawaiian volunteers harvested
 blocks of coral from the 
shores of Ala Moana, 
Kakaʻako, and Waikīkī. 
Dedicated August 15, 1843 "

Linking to

" That's the way 
things come clear. 
All of a sudden.
 And then you 
realize how obvious 
they've been all along. "
Madeleine L'Engle


Thank You!
                   Fondly, cloudia


TexWisGirl said...

pretty neat church with great history!

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

i enjoy the roofing material. very pretty. i am such a fan. ( :

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Thank you for the history! It's a beautiful church and built by native Hawaiians adds to its luster.

The bird of paradise plant is exceptionally beautiful and unusually large.

You have an extremely interesting blog, Cloudia!

Cloudia said...


William Kendall said...

A beautiful church!

Truedessa said...

Hello and Happy Sunday..

Elephant's Child said...

Love that Madeleine L'Engele quote. Very, very true, and a bit shame-making.

magiceye said...

Beautiful captures and very interesting commentary to go along!!

Namaste /\ from Mumbai

Teresa said...

Great picture. It's an interesting history.

Tom said...

Check out Dale Zarella's koa statue of Saint Damien at the Damien and Marianne of Molokai Heritage Center in Honolulu.. He is presently working on a statue of Marianne Cope. Aloha from Maui. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Rick said...

Am just listening to 'Repent Walpurgis' which seems quite fitting. Love that bird of paradise (which also seems quite fitting with your story).

Aloha Cloudia !

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Your flowers look good to me, Cloudia.

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful post and photos.


eileeninmd said...

Hello Cloudia, thanks for sharing the history and the pretty church..Great quote and images.. Have a happy Monday and new week ahead!

Dina said...

So interesting!
Shalom and calm to you. :)

DeniseinVA said...

Great looking church and that Bird of Paradise is stunning!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm wearing a flower in my hair tomorrow for sure :) Lots of interesting info for us Cloudia, merci beaucoup.

Big Sky Heidi said...

A great bit of history!

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

Magnificient birds of paradise

Small Kucing said...

That is a pretty long history :)

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I did not know the history of Catholicism in Hawaii. Thanks for the information.