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Posted: Thursday, June 26th, 2014 12:05 PM HST

Kailua-Kona church aims to raise $3M for repairs

By Associated Press

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Leaders of the state's oldest church are outlining plans for $3 million in repairs to ensure the church endures as a landmark.

Mokuaikaua Church in Kailua-Kona was founded by the Pioneer Company of American Missionaries in 1820.

West Hawaii Today reports the building's roof must be raised, its walls reinforced with steel and its interior and exterior cracks filled. Rot- and termite-damaged cross-beams must be replaced. The 2006 earthquake caused some of the problems.

The church announced a new fundraising campaign Tuesday. The campaign comes shortly after the National Trust for Historic Preservation declared it one of the most 11 most endangered sites in the country.

Lead pastor David de Carvalho says the endangered designation shines light on how critical the situation is.

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