When you stop at the Wailua overlooks, you will see two churches.  The smaller one is known to locals as Coral Miracle Church.  In 1860 residents planned to build a church out of lava rock, but needed a bonding agent.  Although coral would serve, harvesting it from the ocean was difficult and time-consuming.  Just as building was ready to commence, a sudden storm washed a huge amount of coral onto the nearby beach – and when building was finished, a second storm washed what was left back into the ocean.  The official name of the church may have been St. Gabriel’s, but it was forever known to the locals as Coral Miracle Church.

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