The Hilo Chinese Church, or better known as the Hilo United Community Church, is a white, one story wooden structure with a red corrugated metal hip roof with eaves upturned at the corners. A two tiered steeple rising from the front hip repeats the upturned eave ends resembling a Chinese pagoda. The large double hung windows also express an oriental motif with six rectangular lites encircling a square pane in the center. The building also features octagonal columns in the portico. The Hilo United Community Church is significant for its role as part of the Chinese community’s Christian development in Hilo and as an intact example of vernacular architecture with ethnic detailing designed by architect Y.T. Char.
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