from Church of the Holy Apostles is the only Episcopal parish in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. It was founded in 1903 with funding from a parish in Pennsylvania called Holy Apostles, some of the money coming from the children of that parish donating their pennies to the effort. In gratitude for their assistance the parish in Hilo took the name of its benefactor on the mainland.
A parish building was established on Waiānuenue Avenue and later moved to its current location across the from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in 1963. The parish has 130 families and in addition to holding regular worship, it endeavors to reach out to the community of Hilo to change lives and create a better, more peaceful world. The parish is committed to social justice, and is known for being an open and affirming community.
The Episcopal Church in Hawai'i began in 1862 when King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma invited the Church of England to Hawai‘i. The King and Queen supported the Church's establishment throughout the islands with gifts of land, and by founding the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu. Queen Emma also founded Queen's Hospital (now Queen's Medical Center) and St. Andrew's Priory School for Girls in Honolulu.
The last Queen of Hawai'i, Queen Lili'uokalani, depended upon the spiritual support of the Episcopal Church during and following the overthrow of her reign in 1893. The Missionary District of Honolulu became the Diocese of Hawai'i in 1969 and celebrates annually, King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma Day —the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns —on November 28.
CHURCH OF THE HOLY APOSTLES
1407 Kapi'olani Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 935-5545
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