United Methodists

The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.

The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs. 

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action.  This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. 

The United Methodist Church believes God's love for the world is an active and engaged love, a love seeking justice and liberty.  We cannot just be observers. So we care enough about people's lives to risk interpreting God's love, to take a stand, to call each of us into a response, no matter how controversial or complex. 

We are a connectional church.  Aiea UMC is part of the Hawaii District of the California-Pacific Annual Conference.

Our History from 1900

  • 1900: Aiea Japanese Methodist Church established with 12 charter members. 
  • 1902: Dedication of the first church building at the site of what is now the Aiea Shopping Center. 
  • 1915: English language service introduced; Sunday school enrollment 60; membership 32. 
  • 1919: Filipino language work initiated. 
  • 1941: Laulima Street site is purchased from Honolulu Plantation for $1. Construction is underway when bombs fall on Dec. 7, 1941. 
  • 1942: New building on Laulima Street is dedicated. 
  • 1954: Aiea Community Church becomes self-supporting.
  • 1964: Church name is changed to Aiea Methodist Church. 
  • 1968: Construction of a new sanctuary begins. 
  • Oct. 1969: Consecration service is held for the new facilities. 
  • 1972: Church name is changed to Aiea United Methodist Church.
  • 1987: Current ministry to Institute for Human Services (IHS) started. 
  • 1997: Samoan language minister, Joseph Siofele, is appointed. 
  • 2000: Centennial celebration. (photo shown is the original bell from our church's bell tower)