Cathedral of St. Andrew Named to Honor King Kamehameha IV

Cathedral of St. Andrew

King Kamehameha IV and his wife Queen Emma were supporters of the Church of England and wanted to build an Anglican cathedral in Hawai‘i. However, before construction could begin the king died on November 30, 1863, the feast day of St. Andrew. As a result, the church was named the Cathedral of St. Andrew in the king's honor. Kamehameha IV’s successor, Kamehameha V, placed the cornerstone in 1867. Plans for the cathedral were drawn up in London, and some of the building materials were sent from Britain. In addition, blocks of coral were used for much of the structure. By 1886, the cathedral was ready for use although it was expanded well into the 20th century. Write-up and photo by Associate Professor of History Douglas Askman, Ph.D.