For Beer and The Bible: One Hundred Years at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu 1900-2000

By Sandra Wagner-Wright
(Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 2000)
Available thru Lutheran Church of Honolulu http://www.lchwelcome.org

In 1882, the Lihue Lutheran Church was founded on Kaua‘i to serve the German plantation community in the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.  Pastor Hans Isenberg made monthly visits to Honolulu’s community of German immigrants, but for the most part the growing numbers of this community remained unchurched.  In 1900, in response to this spiritual need, two prominent German families, the Hackfelds and the Isenbergs, each donated $25,000 for the establishment of a separate congregation on O‘ahu, the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, and to import a pastor and pipe organ from Germany.  For Beer and The Bible is the story of the German population in Hawai‘i and their struggle to assimilate into the larger community while holding on to their culture and customs, mother tongue, music and familiar ways of worship.

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