HI, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
Absolutely stop by this church on your way up or down Haleakala Crater. It might be the cutest church you ever see.
Whether designed to reflect the sun's light over the valley below, or not, the church's corrugated tin roofs emit quite a glow that can be seen from across the island. The Holy Ghost Church was originally constructed in 1895 by Portuguese workers and farmers who moved to Maui to work on the sugar cane plantations. To this day, the church still maintains a Portuguese theme throughout. The octagon shape of the church is believed to be inspired by the design of ancient churches found along the coastlines of Portugal. Century-old hand-carved Stations of the Cross are even written in Portuguese. In 1983 the church was recognized as a historical state landmark and added to the National Register. Besides its rich history, the Holy Ghost Church attracts tourists because of its beautiful and remote location high up the Haleakala volcano. Enjoy sweeping views of the Maui valley down below you as you park your car in the parking lot.