FIRST UNITED PROTESTANT CHURCH
150th Anniversary Video
Click on the YouTube video above to watch and listen to the 150th Anniversary Worship Service and Concert. We hope you enjoy!!
First United Protestant Church began as the First Foreign Church in Hilo, Hawaii around 1850 when a group of local residents decided to provide a place of hospitality and welcome for the sailors who came into port on the whaling ships. In 1868, the assembly of sponsors was granted incorporation as a church by King Kamehameha V and established themselves as a congregation especially suited to English speaking residents. In those days, churches were organized around ethnic languages (Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, etc.). Eventually our church building was located at the corner of Haili St. and Kinoole St. where the present day Sack n Save is located.
In 1969, a new church building was erected on Waianuenue Ave. mauka of the Hilo Medical Center and the Kaiser Permanente Medical Clinic. Treasured furniture, stained-glass windows, organ and other artifacts from the old building were incorporated into the new building to provide a sense of continuity and respect for the rich history resident in the original structure.
Today, the church continues as a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic congregation active in community life and faithful to the values and beliefs of our Christian faith and the teachings of Jesus.