Keawala'i Graveyard

Teresa Zieba

Winnipeg, Canada

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Photographed on Maui, Hawaii.
Just south of Makena Bay landing is one of the island’s earliest churches, Keawala’i Congregational Church. Its name means “peaceful harbor” or “tranquil haven.” The small pebbly cove in front of the church is formed by two points of lava. The points shelter the cove’s inner waters during the most adverse ocean conditions. The north point of the cove is actually a small rock islet with three kiawe trees growing on it. To the east of the cove is Maluaka Beach.

The first Keawalai church was a pili grass structure erected in 1832. In 1855 parishioners gathered wood as well as stone and coral for lime from the nearby reefs and built a small, but more substantial church that lasted until today. The stone walls of the church are three feet thick.

In the churchyard there is an old graveyard, the resting place for members of the old Makena families. A number of the tombstones have cameo photographs. It’s such a beautiful, tranquil place with an amazing view.

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