Lutheranism in the Hawaiian Islands...

THE FIRST LUTHERAN CONGREGATION  On July 9th, 1882, the first Lutheran pastor arrived from Germany to start a church in Lihue on the island of Kauai.  His name was Freiderich Richter and he brought with him a pre-fabricated church building from Germany.  His primary job was taking care of the many German Lutherans working in the sugar industry.  LIhue Lutheran (a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - ELCA) is still standing, although the original building has been rebuilt several times due to hurricanes.

THE FIRST LCMS CONGREGATION  Our Redeemer, located on University Avenue across from the University of Hawaii, was birthed in 1945.

OTHER NOTABLE LUTHERAN INFLUENCE  The Royal Hawaiian Band was started in 1836 by King Kamehameha III (the oldest municipal band in the United States.)  IN 1872, King Kalakaua appointed Heinrich (Henry) Berger as the bandmaster.  His musical arrangement of "Hymn of Kamehameha I" eventually became the state anthem, "Hawai'i Pono'i" with lyrics by King Kalakaua.  Queen Lili'uokalani named him the "Father of Hawaiian Music."  He worked with Kamehameha Schools to develop its music program and started a group that eventually became the Honolulu Symphony.  He was the first music director at "German Lutheran Church" which later became known as Lutheran Church of Honolulu.  


Our Redeemer
Our Redeemer, Honolulu

Pastor Christian Rasmussen

1404 University Ave., Honolulu, HI  96822     808.946.4223

Our Redeemer
St. Mark, Kaneohe

Interim Pastor Les Self

45-725 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI  96744   808.247.4565    

Good Shepherd
Good Shepherd, Honolulu

Pastor Phil Beyer

638 N. Kuakini St.  Honolulu, HI  96817    808.523.2927

Messiah, Ewa Beach 

Pastor Dan Truesdell

91-679 Ft. Weaver Rd.  Ewa Beach, HI 96706    808.358.5776 

Our Redeemer
Waikoloa (Big Island) (Worship services at Waikoloa Village Golf Course)

Interim Pastor

68-1792 Melia St, Waikoloa, HI  96738   808.833.9255   

Trinity, Wahiawa
Trinity, Wahiawa

Interim Pastor

1611 California Ave.  Wahiawa, HI  96786   808.621.6029    

Christ, Hilo
Christ, Hilo (Big Island)

Pastor Mark Zier

595 Kapiolani St.  Hilo,HI  96720    808-935-8612

Emmanuel, Maui
Emmanuel, Maui

520 West One St.  Kahului, HI  96732    808.877.3037