Historic Lahaina

MARIA LANAKILA CHURCH

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The arrival of Roman Catholic priests in 1846 was not viewed favorably by other religious denominations. There was a continual rift between Protestants and Catholics, but with the support of influential American and French citizens, the first Catholic church was built on this site in 1856, with a larger building dedicated in 1858. With the arrival of Portuguese and Filipino laborers, Catholicism became the largest denomination. The present church is a replica of the 1858 building.

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