Lorenzo and Betsy Lyons arrived in the Hawaiian on May 17, 1832. He replaced Reverend Dwight Baldwin as minister at Waimea, South Kohala, Hawai‘i. Lyons built fourteen churches in the expanse of his mission station including Waipi‘o Valley, Honokaʻa, Kawaihae and Puakō. The construction of the Hokuloa Church (Hoku loa – ‘evening star’) in Puakō began in 1858 and was completed and dedicated March 20, 1860.
It’s the oldest functioning lava rock structure in the district of South Kohala. “The stone church, with its whitened walls, and reddened roof and humble spire give the place an air of civilization and religiousness, and the school house in close proximity with its similar walls though thatched roof, makes something of a show, and indicated the existence of a school.” (Lyons, 1863)