As of 2016, there are 81 HPBC churches on O’ahu, known as “The Gathering Place” of the Hawaiian Islands.
Our HPBC churches on O’ahu are comprised of many different nationalities, people groups, and ages, but humbly began in the 1920’s as foreign missionaries in Asia relocated to Hawaii due to war. O’ahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, yet holds over 70% of the state’s population. O’ahu is home to Honolulu, our state capitol, and receives over 8.5 million visitors a year from around the world.
The Neighbor Isles
As of 2016, there are 40 HPBC churches on Hawai’i Island, Maui, Kaua’i, Moloka’i and Lana’i, known as “The Neighbor Isles” of the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawai’i is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, truly earning its nickname of “The Big Island.” Maui County holds the three inhabited, beautiful islands of Maui (The Valley Isle), Moloka’i (The Friendly Isle) and Lana’i (The Pineapple Isle). At the northwest end of the chain of the Hawaiian Islands stands Kaua’i, known as “The Garden Isle.”
As of 2016, there are 23 HPBC churches in the South Pacific, covering American Samoa, Samoa, Guam and Saipan.
This region is the combination of two groups of islands; the South Pacific Baptist Association with 13 churches in American Samoa and Samoa, and the Baptist Association of Micronesia with 10 churches in Guam and Saipan. These islands originally became part of the HPBC because of the extent of American territories in the South Pacific, but has grown through church planting to cover additional locales throughout the region, with many more to come.
As of 2016, there are 5 HPBC churches in Okinawa, Japan and Korea.
Most of the churches of our Asia Baptist Network were founded through efforts of the International Mission Board, but are now self-supported HPBC churches. Their work continues to reach more of East Asia and Southeast Asia in church planting and missions, as well as serving alongside the other churches of the HPBC.