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Landmark church struggles to raise repair funds

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:18 p.m. HST, Dec 17, 2012

WAILUKU >> A landmark church in Wailuku is struggling to raise money for extensive repairs, including termite damage and a leaning steeple.

Pastor Wayne Higa of the Ka'ahumanu Church tells The Maui News that after years of small fundraisers, the congregation of 20-30 members hasn't raised $50,000. An estimated $850,000 is needed to refurbish the 19th Century church.

He says the church plans to seek grants from larger donors, such as corporations. He says letters to potential donors should go out early next year.

Higa is hopeful a restoration project will lead to growth in church membership.

The church was established in 1832, at the site of a Hawaiian temple and royal compound of High Chief Kahekili. The church structure was built in 1876 and named in honor of Queen Ka'ahumanu.

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