Our Story

The birth of Kalihi Union Church (KUC) is closely tied to the history and growth of Honolulu. After the plague and fire that destroyed Chinatown in 1900, much of the population of Hawaiian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino people moved to the outskirts of Honolulu proper into Kalihi, then known as the “outer limits”. By that time, missionaries from America had already established many Christian churches in Hawaii. Horace Wright Chamberlain, a descendant of the Chamberlain family who came to Hawaii in 1820, saw the need to meet the physical and spiritual needs of these immigrant families and quickly worked to acquire property in Kalihi.

KUC became a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America in 1991.  KUC is an integral part of the Kalihi community and ministers to a diverse ethnic population.  KUC is a Bible-teaching and family-oriented church.  It is a body of believers whose desire is to love God and glorify Him, proclaim Christ, establish other believers in their faith, properly equip believers to minister according to their spiritual gifts, and to multiply disciples both locally and around the world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to GIVE ourselves to God in whole-hearted worship, to GROW in our knowledge of Christ and in our love for one another, and to GO by the power of the Holy Spirit as we bless the church and bring hope to the world.

Our Vision

We envision for Kalihi Union Church…

…a great revival, a rekindling of the fire of the Holy Spirit enveloping all of Kalihi, with our church leading the way as we approach a century of faithfulness and obedience to the word of God.

…this great revival with our “Prayer Saturated” church standing as a beacon of righteousness, where everyone is excited about worship and wants to glorify God by sharing their time, talents and possessions.

…a rebirth of our church as it enters its second century, committed to producing leaders and disciples of Christ who value the centrality and finality of God’s Word, while choosing daily to become a living sacrifice.

…a Peacemaking Church where authentic relationships are developed primarily through Ohana Groups, resulting in a body of believers focused on glorifying God and building His Kingdom.

…a community-wide transformation where we are actively praying for, serving and reaching out to local families as well as being involved in global evangelism.

…a revival of hope and a plan for a vibrant youth and young adult ministry where the people feel valued, accepted, and connected.

…a church known for compassionate ministries for the elderly, disabled and those with special needs, maximizing its blessings of revitalized and purposeful facilities, with people dedicated to serving God and our multi-ethnic community.

About the EFCA

Kalihi Union Church became a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America in 1991. United by a mutual commitment to serve our Lord Jesus Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God, the Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of over 1,500 autonomous churches and church plants in a growing ministry that currently extends to some 75 countries of the world. For more information, please visit the EFCA website at:  http://www.efca.org/

To find other EFCA churches in Hawaii, use the EFCA Church Locator at:  http://churches.efca.org/ And Search by “Hawaii District”.