Thursday, March 11, 2010

Missionaries and Churches


Missionaries and Churches

have had a great impact 
on these Hawaiian islands

regardless of whether you think 
that this is a good thing 
or a bad thing
two visible signs
of their presence remain

The Wai' oli Hui 'ia church 
in Hanalei

many many churches

The Wai 'oli Hui'ia church
was built in 1912
on the grounds of
 the mission
that was established in Hanalei
in 1834

These are for you Ellen -
glass worker extraordinaire

I love the way the green glass
represents the mountains of Kauai
and also the verdant vegetation
and taro fields of the valley -
and the blue,
the sea and sky

and secondly
the descendants of the missionaries 
have some substantial land holdings

The Wilcox Estate

is the restored home,
replete with expansive lawns and palms
and Hawaiian fishing ponds,
of Albert Wilcox and his Hawaiian wife
from whom the estate takes its name

 Albert, a sugar planter,
born in 1836
was one of the sons
of missionaries

The name Kauikeolani

beautiful vision that comes in early morning mist

Albert and two of his brothers
funded the Wai 'oli Hui 'ia church
featured above.



  1. Fascinating history! Is that the God of Blogging on your side bar? Do share!

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  3. Rosaria -
    Thoth refers to a post I wrote a while back...if you are interested search for Thoth on my front page...

    Happy days

  4. The Wilcox estate looks charming. I'm also taken with the beautiful stained glass of the Wai 'oli Hui'ia church.

    Such a peaceful place.

  5. Hi Martin

    these churches are delightful. I took the family to the Wai'oli Hui'ia church one Christmas Eve for carols by candlelight ...everyone held lit candles...and I remember feeling a certain relief when we finally got outside after...Oh Holy Nights...

    Happy days

  6. Hi Delwyn

    The first church reminds me of an old stone church we have here in Greenville and it could also be a church from an English countryside. I also love the church with stained glass--just beautiful!

    I also agree with Martin-peaceful.

    Tracy :)

  7. Beautiful pictures and great history.

  8. Beautiful photos of construction by European interlopers who sailed in claiming land and trying to claim the minds of the natives - not to mention unfathomable cruelties that happened in those efforts.

    Such hubris to believe that wherever they went indigenous peoples needed to be converted to their way of thinking. What they did taints anything beautiful they left behind, to my mind.

    Still interesting history to learn about on our travels.

  9. Without doubt the churches are beautiful and peaceful looking, unlike the new churches that are popping up around here and look more life fast food franchises.

    I also loved the stained glass. My wife's sister's father-in-law used to travel around Canada putting in those windows.

  10. The churches are certainly picturesque, I love the stone work and entance of the first and the beautiful Wai 'oli Hui'ia church is made even more so with the view of the beautiful mountains in the back.
    I am so wanting to see green here at home, now more than ever after viewing such beauty!

    Smiles Delwyn....Wanda

  11. Thank you Delwyn.

    I have to agree with Bonnie though.

  12. These are so beautiful! I especially love the first ones. European gothic cathedrals have got NOTHING on these beautiful, lush, gorgeous churches.

  13. The churches are exquisite! They seem at home in their setting.

  14. These photos are such a breath of fresh air to me Delwyn... the lush vegetation and the clear and blue skies. Those churches are truly part of the tranquil surroundings and yet they are very stately too. Thanks for sharing!!

  15. The buildings and landscapes are all so beautiful. It didn't matter when people moved in to change the population, it happens in all countries sooner or later as we are able to move so much easier than ever. Thanks for all the great pictures.

  16. church hasn't been for me for a long time but churches fascinate me still. I can never pass one without exploring the fabric, inside and out.
    These are very interesting examples.

    btw, I really don't like your blog; how come you get to spend all your time in such wonderful places and boast about them, when I have to stay in the cold, miserable, grey and now dried up, straw-coloured UK.

  17. Hi Bonnie
    I understand how you feel in that regard. This is a universal phenomena everywhere that colonists have displaced indigenous peoples. Colonists sought to impose their beliefs and laws upon native populations all around the world.
    Does that mean that any structure built by the colonists or their descendants is tainted?
    That would make much of the USA Canada and Au's (just for example) heritage and iconic buildings tainted. What do you think?

    Our forebears are guilty of racial genocide in the extreme, in addition to cultural and spiritual desecration...

    Happy days

  18. Oh Friko I am so sorry that I have been boastful of my good fortune...but at least I am sharing it with you...

    I hope that when you warm up and the world around you greens up that you will forgive me!

    We are up here for the family wedding and then to attend to business...It just happens that we have found ourselves in a second paradise...

    Happy days

  19. Hi Tracy

    the churches do fit into the environment as someone observed. The natural lava rock and the green colours help them to feel a part of the landscape.

    Hi Barry
    the green church is very special...millions of tourists have taken its photo or painted it...

    Hello Larry
    yes there are extremely few place left on earth unvisited by travellers - perhaps a few spots in the highlands of New Guinea....its pretty remote up there...

    Hi Vicky
    that's a good observation Vicky
    they do blend into their environments, and would soon be swallowed by their surroundings if left untended...

    Hello Ellen
    you may like to read my response to Bonnie about cultural and spiritual destruction...

    Hi there Reya

    I agree that these churches feel used and precious even though they may be simple structures...

    Hello Meri
    the use of natural stone and the colours make the structures blend into their gardens and backdrops.
    The green church usually has a majestic mountain backdrop often with waterfalls.

  20. Hello Wanda

    Does it warm up a little each day?
    the sun is out today, so I made the most of it and had along beach walk, then the coffee at Java Kai and a treat of a coconut muffin for my exertions...

    Hi Mark
    thanks for your visit..

    happy days to all

  21. Hi Delwyn: Sorry if I sound too strident on this issue - but it touches me to the core. I am ever aware that I "own" land because of the pillaging of my forebears. It is obscene what my ancestors did (and we still do) to our native peoples here in Canada.

    I can appreciate the workmanship and talent that went into these structures - but the fact that they cared for the land and built beautiful structures does not nullify why and how they did these things. It would be like saying a man who rapes your daughter and creates a beautiful monument at the site of the crime has done something honourable.

    I know, I do go on....forgive me ...

    I do appreciate your showing us what you are seeing there on your holiday. I am interested in the history, how the island evolved - all your discoveries there. I am just not able to honour the work of the colonists. It would be dishonest of me to ooooh and aaaah over the stained glass windows or the beautiful homes and lands of the colonists, feeling as I do.

  22. Hi Bonnie
    I appreciate you answering my comment and am interested in your views... but isn't everything we now see around us now a result of the colonists?

    Happy days

  23. I like the architecture of the churches and the home - looks as though it fits into that verdant green Paradise on Earth.

  24. Hi Barb
    yes I suppose that's why we find them so appealing, they are holy places but suit the landscape and geography...

    Happy days

  25. The churches are just gorgeous. Religion is a consistent tie among all places I visit; it's always there in one form or another.

    Thanks for the history lesson.


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