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St. Rita Church Building Fund

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St. Rita in Nanakuli and Mālia Puka o ka Lani in Keaukaha are the only two Roman Catholic churches on Hawaiian Homelands originally founded to serve Native Hawaiians and now also serve their greater neighborhood communities.  St. Rita preserves and promotes the Hawaiian culture by holding Catholic mass in the Hawaiian language on the first Sunday of each month. 

The original church building began as a chapel at Schofield Barracks and was moved to Ewa to be used as the Immaculate Conception Church until the construction of the present day Immaculate Conception Church in 1930. The building was then moved to its present Nanakuli homestead lot in 1934.

The current condition of our church is a sign of its age (114-year old structure). St. Rita church is slowly falling apart and must renovate.

Our Funding Mission

With humility and a thankful heart, we are asking family, friends, the global Catholic community and anyone who would like to assist us in raising funds to help the construction of a new St. Rita Catholic Church, a multi-purpose building that burned down years ago, the church office, classrooms and restrooms which, are all needing to be replaced.

Nanakuli is one of the poorest areas in the State of Hawaii but at the same time, our parishioners gives the most out of any other diocese. 

A building fund has been established that consists of many of the church's parishioners pledging to contribute on a regular and the finance committe has reached out to corporate sponsors for additional funds. 

The $5,000,000 we are aiming to raise in this campaign will cover costs of construction.  The funds will greatly assist the church in taking the next step towards its goal.

Please click here to view the latest building fund update.


Allan Alvarez
Waianae, HI

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