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AFO - Kawaiaha'o Church

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Hidden : 7/16/2011
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Geocache Description:

The Cache is NOT at the Posted Coordinates!!! Solve the simple puzzle below to find the Cache.

This cache is one of the puzzle caches that make up the ALOHA from O'ahu series. A series of caches designed to take you on a tour of O'ahu. In each cache there is a number. Write it down if you want to find the Final cache later (GC2W3MN).

ALOHA from O'ahu
---Kawaiaha'o Church---

Kawaiaha'o Church is a historic Congregational church located in Downtown Honolulu on the Hawaiian Island of O'ahu. The church plus associated Mission Houses comprise Kawaiaha'o Church and Mission Houses, a U.S. National Historic Landmark (NHL), so designated in 1962. In 1966 it and all other NHLs were included in the first issuance of the National Register of Historic Places.

At one time the national church of the Hawaiian Kingdom and chapel of the royal family, the church is popularly known as Hawai'i's Westminster Abbey. The name comes from the Hawaiian noun phrase Ka wai a Ha'o (the water of Ha'o), because its location was that of a spring and freshwater pool in the care of a High Chiefess Ha'o.

Today, Kawaiaha'o continues to use the Hawaiian language for parts of the service. It is one of the oldest standing Christian places of worship in Hawai'i. The oldest standing church is Moku'aikaua Church on the Big Island.

Kawaiaha'o Church was commissioned by the regency of Ka'ahumanu during the reigns of Kamehameha II and Kamehameha III. Designed by Rev. Hiram Bingham in the New England style of the Hawaiian missionaries, it was constructed between 1836 and 1842 of some 14,000 thousand-pound slabs of coral rock quarried from an offshore reef on the southern coast of O'ahu. Hawaiian divers with hand tools dived 3 to 6 meters below sea-level to chisel out each coral block, which had then to be transported from the reef and onto shore by canoe.

In 1843, while at Kawaiaha'o, Kamehameha III uttered the phrase Ua mau ke ea o ka 'aina i ka pono ("The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness"), which would later become Hawai'i's official motto. The name Kawaiaha'o was not applied to the site until 1853.

Kawaiaha'o Church was frequented by the chiefs of the Hawaiian Islands as well as the members of the reigning Kamehameha Dynasty and Kalakaua Dynasty. The upper gallery of the church is adorned with 21 portraits of Hawaiian royalty (Ali'i). King Lunalilo, the first elected monarch of Hawai'i, who preferred to be buried in a church cemetery rather than the Royal Mausoleum, is buried in the courtyard.

You DO NOT need to enter the Church grounds to locate the cache.

~~~For the puzzle, maybe if you learn how fo speak pidgin.~~~

The Cache can be found at:

North 21 18.
No make da kine statues.
No cockaroach notting.
Watch yo' mout. No swea with God's name.

West 157 51.
Leesen to yo' muddah and yo' fuddah.
God is numbah one.
No lie, brah!

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Cache with Alha

Congrats kalohepirate on the FTF!!!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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