- Kipahulu Palapala Ho'omau Congregational Church
Lonely Planet review for Lindbergh's Grave
Charles Lindbergh, who relished his privacy during the final years of his life, moved to remote Kipahulu in 1968. Following his death from cancer in 1974, Lindbergh was buried in the graveyard of Palapala Ho'omau Congregational Church. The inscription he selected for his simple grave ('If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uppermost parts of the sea…') is taken from Psalm 139.
The church with its 26in-thick walls and simple wooden pews dates from 1864. Take a look at its window painting of a Polynesian Christ draped in the red and yellow feather capes that were worn only by Hawaii's highest chiefs.
Lindbergh's spirit (and his desire to be out of the public eye) may still be at play, because many would-be visitors fail to find his grave, getting the location mixed up with St Paul's Church, which sits on the highway three-quarters of a mile south of Oheo. The dirt drive to Palapala Ho'omau church is half a mile beyond that, on the makai side of the road immediately after the 41-mile marker. The grave is adjacent to the church, surrounded by lava rocks and a little fence.