The Kaneohe Congregational Church is the oldest Protestant church in Windward Oahu. The Rev. Benjamin Wyman Parker, who arrived in Hawaii in 1833 from New England, established the church, which has gone by a few other names over its long history.

The church was granted seven acres of land in 1849 by King Kamehameha III as part of the land divisions under the Great Mahele. The initial structure was a hale pili — or grass hut — that evolved into other wooden structures over time. The current wooden structure was completed in 1956 and required some much needed attention to restore it.


The church’s deacon, Ralph Kanoho, is leading the renovation as project manager. Renovations are nearly complete and were made possible with labor and donations from churchgoers and community partners like Plywood Hawaii.

Plywood Hawaii, Hawaii’s largest and most complete inventory of plywood and structural panels, is supplying all the finished wood for the project. Sapele — also known as African mahogany — was chosen for the project because of its rich, warm finish.

Plywood Hawaii is a member of the Hawaii Lumber Products Association (HLPA), where members have your back in taking care of all of your lumber needs from framing lumber, structural beams, engineered wood products (EWP) and decorative exotics to give a new finish and look to your entire home (or church). HLPA members offer high-quality services and products with the latest innovations and designs that meet the standards of durability for the environmental demands found in Hawaii.


Find an HLPA member that can help you with your rebuilding or renovation needs at, including: Penthouse Pacific Construction, Rinell Wood Systems, Sunrise Construction, Armstrong Builders, Simpson StrongTie, Truss Systems Hawaii, Hardware Hawaii, HPM Building Supply, Honsador Lumber and Kelleher Corp.

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