The old churches of Hawai’i are a reminder of the island’s Protestant missionary roots and, in my opinion, nothing else captures the beauty and diversity of Hawai’i better. The islands of Hawai’i are dotted with these simple houses of worship often located in spectacular, breathtaking settings. Many of them bear the unmistakable influence of the plain unadorned architecture of New England and Congregationalism. But the Catholics and Mormons, who came later, also built churches with roofs pitched like praying hands and steeples pointing the way to heaven. The ravages of time, termites, and hurricanes have wrecked havoc on these structures but thanks to the efforts of many conservationists they have been restored or rebuilt adhering to their original design and preserving their beauty.