- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - The National Trust for Historic Preservation has put Hawaii’s first Christian church on its 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (https://bit.ly/1pJxiAK) reports the trust listed Mokuaikaua Church, a Kailua-Kona landmark for nearly 200 years.

Trust President Stephanie Meeks says the church has withstood the ravages of island life nearly 200 years but needs critical improvements to carry its history forward into a new century.

Multiple cracks caused by earthquakes threaten its stone walls. The church is also suffering from faulty electrical wiring and termite damage and dry rot in the steeple and window frames.

The 300-member United Church of Christ congregation is beginning a fundraising campaign.

The Rev. David de Carvalho says the building needs at least $3 million in repairs and probably more.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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