Honolulu Friends Meetinghouse
A symbol of tolerance, equality and peace
While periodic Quaker Meetings for Worship had been held in Hawaiʻi since 1836, an organized group did not emerge until a century later, being organized as the Honolulu Friends Meeting in 1937. This Meeting, strongly influenced by the ideals of religious freedom, peace, and civil liberty of the independent tradition of Quakerism identified with Quaker reformers Hannah and Joel Bean, was a founding member in 1947 of the Beanite regional association of Quaker Meetings known as Pacific Yearly Meeting.
The quarter-acre lot of the Meetinghouse was developed as a private home in the early 1920s and in 1957 was purchased by the Honolulu Friends. It has served as a place of worship for the local Meeting, a repository of the Meeting's library, and as a place for spirit-led work and use by numerous Quaker and community groups and individuals.
Part of its mission has been to provide for visiting Friends. Being located at the crossroads of the Pacific, Honolulu Friends Meeting has enjoyed the privilege of welcoming guests traveling from or to the Pacific and Asia.
The Meeting employs a resident couple, experienced Friends who live at the Meetinghouse for a two-year term and provide support to the Meeting and the Meetinghouse and its activities. Worship is scheduled weekly at 10:00 am on Sundays. Other activities occur on an ongoing basis.
Beyond its lava-rock masonry and wood frame construction, the building stands today as an enduring symbol of Hannah and Joel Bean's ideals of tolerance, equality and peace. We believe in continuing revelation, available to all seekers. We strive to conduct our private lives with simplicity, ever sensitive to the world's needs and eager to engage in service. Such beliefs strengthen us and offer personal and social richness. We welcome you to our Meetinghouse.