I went with Masi Latianara to Naililili today to view this coral cathedral built in 1902. Masi amongst other things is a Heritage Architect, he has been tasked with the rectification of the cathedral. It is a very big task further complicated by the lack of funds.
Interestingly, one of the most significant issues he is facing is how to stop the existing coral from crumbling further. Modern bonding agents are too strong and won’t bond effectively to the coral. Sadly the recipe for traditional mortar mix’s has now been lost.
It is a noble structure, but as Masi says, it wouldn’t be out of place in the French countryside, however what does give it a uniqueness and tropical charm is the hand painted iconography, ceilings, doors and trim.