During my last visit to my hometown, Honolulu on the island of O’ahu, I mentioned in an earlier post that I did a doorscursion. One of the places I stopped to revisit and shoot some photos was the Kawaiaha’o Church.
The history of this church from Wikipedia states that, “At one time the national church of the Hawaiian Kingdom and chapel of the royal family, the church is popularly known as Hawaiʻi’s Westminster Abbey. The name comes from the Hawaiian noun phrase Ka wai a Haʻo (the water of Haʻo), because its location was that of a spring and freshwater pool in the care of a High Chiefess Haʻo”. More of the history can be found Here .
Growing up in Hawaii, I knew this was a missionary church and it was important to the Hawaiian Royalty and Hawaiian descendants (it’s located across the street from the Iolani Palace) but I did not worship here nor pay too much attention to it other than noticing its distinct architectural style. I guess being away from the “home” makes you pause and seek more about where you came from.
So here are photos of the church with as many door perspectives that I could compose and incorporate. The first image is the welcome sign of the church.
Metal gates are ornate doors to the property and to the crypt of King Lunalilo, the democratic elected King of Hawaii who died from illness after reigning for 1 year and 25 days. He requested to buried among the people rather than being interred with other members of the royalty.
The front facade, doors, bell tower and clock of the stone Church.
I saw that the side door was open so I sneaked in to get a few shots of the interior; simplistic Christian interior decor.
And leaving the property, exiting the gate and saying, Aloha (in this case, goodbye). The newer contrasting designs of highrises can be seen in the background.
I hope you get a chance to checkout all of the posts on Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors website. Norm is the master photographer that takes beautiful photos of churches and their beautiful doors for many of his Thursday Doors posts and allows us door enthusiasts to display our finds throughout the world. Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks to Norm 2.0 for his Thursday Doors blog. For more blogs and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.