Wayne Higa - Pastor at Ka'ahumanu Church since: August 2006
Graduate - Henry Opukaha'ia Center
Born: Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii
My wife Debi and I became members of Ka'ahumanu Church in 1999. My maternal grandfather, William Ulumaheihei Purdy served Ka'ahumanu Church as a senior deacon. My mother and all of her siblings were all baptized at Ka'ahumanu Church, as well as many other family members.
My wife was raised in the Catholic Church. As for myself I never had a personal connection with the church.
We have six children, five boys and one girl, ages 27-39, and many grandchildren. We are blessed that all of our children are active in their churches.
Present Building Built in 1875 by Edward Bailey
The structure of Ka’ahumanu Church is an excellent example of the adaptation of the New England style of gothic architecture brought to Hawaii using native materials in the construction.
The present building is actually the fourth place of worship for the congregation. The original congregation, under the leadership of the Reverend Jonathan S. Green came into being in 1832, and held worship meetings in a shed.
During that first year, Queen Ka’ahumanu, the Kuhina Nui of the Hawaiian Kingdom, an ardent convert to Christianity, visited the congregation and asked that when the congregation constructed a church building that it be named for her. Her request was honored in 1876 with the present sanctuary.