Kauai's Changing Times – Saying Goodbye to Old Koloa Missionary Church
Yes, times are changing on Kauai, and so are the needs of the Koloa community. Sunday marked the last service in the historic Old Koloa Missionary Church building that dates back to 1890. A new church facility will be constructed on this site.
Koloa Missionary Church in Old Koloa Town
This building was original built by Dr. James Smith who was a medical missionary, and Kauai’s first physician practicing Western medicine. He traveled on horseback all over the island to treat sick people.
His son, Dr. Jared Smith, was taking over his father’s Kauai practice when he was murdered by a patient that he had recently diagnosed as positive with leprosy, which meant the patient would be exiled to the leprosy colony on Molokai. The church purchased this clinic in 1954, and it has been a Koloa fixture since then.
Tears fell during this last service because several members had been born in this church building while it was still a medical clinic. With fondness we say goodbye to the past and look forward to the new home of Koloa Missionary Church.
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