In 1820, when two Protestant missionary families arrived in Waimea, Queen Deborah Kapule was the wife of King Kaumualiʻi, the last king of Kauaʻi. She and the king helped establish the families as a mission station and supported and protected them. Not long after, due to inter-island rivalry, King Kaumualiʻi was abducted to Oʻahu. During this time, Queen Deborah converted to Christianity.
In 1836, Queen Deborah and sixteen other souls left Waimea and established a church at the mouth of the Wailua River. This church was the ancestor of this present Kapaʻa Church. It was a simple grass hut. Queen Deborah died in 1853.
Later the grass hut was replaced by a wooden frame building. In 1880, that building was dismantled and moved to the present site of the church in Kapaʻa. In 1948 it was taken down and replaced with the present building.
The church acknowledges Jesus Christ as Head of the Church and the Holy Bible as interpreted with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as its guide and rule of faith.
Our core beliefs
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Our vision for Kapaʻa First Hawaiian Church is a church ʻohana who is Christ-like and grounded in the Word of God, perpetuating our Native Hawaiian culture in Christian traditions, and serving as Godʻs light in the community.
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We are a member church of the United Church of Christ (UCC). The UCC was formed in 1957 by a merger of four Protestant denominations.
ʻOliʻoli akula au, iā lākou i ʻōlelo mai ai iaʻu, "E hele kākou i loko o ka hale o Iehova."
I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the Lord." (Psalm 122:1)
Our mission: Because we are called together by Godʻs love in Jesus Christ, our mission as Kapaʻa First Hawaiian Church is to love God, to love each other, and to love our neighbors.
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