History of The Episcopal Church of West Kauai:

The Episcopal Church in Hawaii began in 1862 when King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, a lifelong Anglican, invited the Church of England to Hawaii. The King and Queen supported the Church’s establishment throughout the islands with gifts of land, and by founding St. Andrew’s School in Honolulu.

Episcopal services were held on West Kauai as early as 1916. Although there was no Episcopal Church at that time, services were held first in the gardens of a private home in Kekaha, then in a screened porch in a plantation clubhouse.

Construction of St. John’s Church in Ele’ele was completed in 1941, when they called their first vicar, John Thurlow Baker. St. Paul’s Church was completed a few years later, in 1947. Since that time, St. Paul’s and St. John’s have been served by the same vicar. In 1993, St. John’s and St. Paul’s were merged into one congregation (in two locations) under the same name, The Episcopal Church on West Kauai.

Today, the Episcopal Church on West Kauai is the only church in the liturgical tradition (besides the Roman Catholic Church) to serve the people of West Kauai.

St. George’s Window:

Shortly following World War II, the Japanese congregation of St. John’s wanted to give something in memory of the men of the 442 Regiment (men from Kauai of Japanese decent) who died in the war. They decided to give a stained glass window of St. George slaying the dragon. The model used for the face of St. George was that of a young local St. John's church member named Richard "Masa" Sako (1924-2004). The inscription on the window is from Malachi 2:10: Have we not all one Father? Have we not One God who created us?

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St. John’s Ele’ele

Sunday Worship 10am

Ilocano Service 8am, Held on the Second Sunday of every Month


St. Paul’s Kekaha

Sunday Worship 8am


The Episcopal Church

on West Kauai

PO Box 247

Ele’ele, HI 96705



The Episcopal

Diocese of Hawaii