A Historical Timeline
Compiled and researched by Daisy Takeyesu and updated by Katherine Hashiro in 2020.
With research assistance from Jane Tesoro and Lloyd Nebres.
The Hawaiian Board calls several Christian evangelists from Kyoto’s Doshisha Theological Seminary to Hawaii and Genzo Egami is assigned to Wailuku. Ministers who served the Wailuku Church were lay evangelists, unordained, and not licensed to officiate Sacraments. Sacrament privileges were requested from the Hawaiian Mission or Wailuku Union staff.
at a cost of $400 and relocate it on the corner of Market and Mill Streets. Church dues are $0.25. The church welcomes people as they are. Sitting on hard wooden benches, men are allowed to roll their own cigarettes and smoke during service. Depending on who is the minister, hymn singing may or may not be allowed.
still in Wailuku town, on the corner of Vineyard and Church Streets.
is called by the church congregation to be its pastor. He is the first ordained minister, a graduate of the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
on the grounds to make way for the new church building. (Shouldn’t there be an entry PRIOR to this telling about what Kanda Home was, when it was started, etc.?)
on the Vineyard Street side of the property. The parsonage is now named Endo Hall.
changes its name to Iao Congregational Church.
replaces Japanese speaking services to English.
Kaahumanu Congregational Church, and Wailuku Union Church vote on an idea of a merger of the the three neighboring UCC churches in downtown Wailuku to be called the “Kamalu Union Church” but it fails.
is demolished to make way for the current church parking lot.
to provide more classrooms for Sunday School classes.
on the Mission Grounds begins.
to house a nursery to provide babysitting for working mothers.
Pu’unene Congregational Church donates a tower bell to Iao Church.
with Wailuku Union Church under the name Wailuku United Churches of Christ. The yoked ministry is dissolved in 1978.
and a new replacement is dedicated in 1973.
in conjunction with America’s 200th birthday.
to offer expanded quality preschool education for children.
Japanese immigrant workers and the Japanese Christian Mission in Hawaii. Lillian Maeda is elected the first woman moderator of Iao church. Pilgrim Hall is renamed Kanda Hall during the 95th anniversary.
Spark Matsunaga, Hawaii’s US Senator, is the keynote speaker. Iao Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Kanyaku Imin with a program produced and directed by David Harder, musical director.
becomes the first woman to minister at Iao Congregational Church.
at the Inter-Continental Hotel. A Peace Pole is planted on the grounds for Hiroshima Day Observance.
at the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center begins. The Iao Congregational Church sign on Vineyard Street, a gift from Sei Yatsushiro in memory of his wife Hilda, is installed.
is started by Jack Belsom. Youth from Wailuku Union and Iao Cong’l. Churches participate in the program. Kanda Home reunion is celebrated at Maui Tropical Plantation. A 15-year parsonage and grounds lease agreement is signed with Wailuku Union Church.
is installed as associate minister. Kahu Kalani’s calling is ministering to the youth of Iao. Iao Church’s Centennial cookbook goes on sale. Iao Preschool reopens.
Rev. Jack Belsom composes the song “We Can Shape the Future” for the centennial celebration.
The Kosrae Etawi becomes a part of Iao church’s ministry. Frosty POG is created and sold at the Maui County Fair, for the first time. It is an instant hit at the Fair.
to Iao United Church of Christ (Iao UCC).
retires at the end of July. To date he is the longest serving minister, 22 years and 9 months.
arrives in March 2017. He is installed on November 12, 2017. He is the first openly gay pastor of Iao UCC.
on March 22, via a Facebook livestream, as the Church Council decided to close the sanctuary to in-person worship due to the historic COVID-19 global pandemic.