St. Augustine's By The Sea Church Makes the Most if its Location

The 1962 church, its two-story rectory, and the Damien Museum are located along Ohua Street behind commercial space that fronts on Kalākaua Avenue in Waikīkī. After initially resolving the church’s emergency problems with air conditioning and drainage, Mason Architects conducted an Existing Condition Analysis and prepared a Master Development Plan to meet the expanding needs of staff and parish.

The steeply sloped copper roof of this landmark Waikiki church was in good condition but its failed flashing and seals caused water infiltration to damage its plaster ceilings and walls.

The need for immediate repairs and general upgrading of the buildings led the Catholic Diocese to consider long-term improvements to the site. Mason Architects prepared a Master Development Plan:

  • Phase 1 recommended renovation and repair of the church interior.
  • Phase 2 recommended acquisition of the commercial property along Kalakaua and replacing it with an open air plaza and new building to house the Damien Museum.
  • Phase 3 offered two alternatives: (1) to rehabilitate the existing rectory and multi-purpose building, or (2) to construct a new three-story building that combines the two and includes a parish hall, soup kitchen, and more staff office and living space. The second option was chosen.

Design and construction of these improvements is now underway.

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St. Augustine’s by the Sea Church. Note commercial building in front.