who we are

Waipuna Chapel is an independent, non-denominational gathering
of Christ followers.

Our purpose is to glorify God through relevant Bible teaching and authentic Worship, building strong Christian community through Life Groups and gospel centered Missions, and serving families through Student and Children's Ministries.

our mission

To journey with people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ
by loving God, loving others, and serving the world.

Worship Gatherings

We love God by gathering together to worship God corporately in our weekly services

Life Groups

We love others by building relationships and authentic community in our mid-week groups


We serve the world by using our time, talents and treasure to serve our local and global community

Our vision

To reach the 30,000 people within 15 minutes of our doors

with the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ.

Our belief

We believe in One God, Creator and Lord of the Universe,

the Co-eternal Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary atoning death on the cross, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven where,
as truly God and truly man, He is the only mediator between God and man.

We believe that the Bible
is God's authoritative and inspired Word.
It is without error in all its teachings, including creation, history, its own origins, and salvation. Christians must submit to its divine authority, both individually and corporately, in all matters

of belief and conduct, which is demonstrated by true righteous living.

We believe that all people are lost sinners
and cannot see the Kingdom of God except through the new birth. Justification is by grace through faith in Christ alone.

We believe in one holy, universal, and apostolic Church.
It's calling is to worship God and witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel among all nations and demonstrating its commitment by compassionate service to the needs of human beings and promoting righteousness and justice.

We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit

for the individual's new birth and growth to maturity, and for the Church's constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith,

holiness, love, power, and mission.

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return in glory
to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion. God will fully manifest His kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever and exclude all evil, suffering, and death.

Our Staff

Waipuna Chapel's pastoral staff is overseen by a congregational  elected Board of Elders that provides spiritual and financial oversight

  • Shaun Waite

    Lead Teaching Pastor

    Shaun was born in Cape Town, South Africa and has been a resident of Maui for over 25 years. Shaun is a home-grown pastor, discipled, equipped and released into ministry by Waipuna Chapel. Married to his beautiful wife Jessica for 22 years, he is the proud "papa" of  two beautiful daughters. When not talking about the goodness of God and the beauty of Jesus Shaun loves to cook for friends and family, sail strong winds, surf not too big waves and spear large and small fish.

  • Tim Walsh

    Church Administrator

    Long ago, from a land far away called Ohio, Tim moved to Maui at the invitation of friends. Waipuna Chapel was just about to be launched as a new-church plant of Hope Chapel Kihei. Tim became part of that team and has been here ever since (1982). He's done just about everything around the church and now takes joy in helping everyone get what they need for ministry, being part of the worship ministry, and connecting people to each other.

  • Kaipo Thomas

    Student ministry Pastor

    Kaipo is a born and raised local boy who's been serving the Lord in student ministry since 2002.
    A graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, he has a passion for assisting young people in becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. When he's not at Waipuna Chapel, you may run into him spearing fish, coaching volleyball, or volunteering in one of our upcountry schools. 

  • Maureen Keirnes

    Children's Ministry Pastor

    Maureen "Mo" was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to Maui six years ago with her husband Tom after living in Colorado, the San Fransisco Bay Area and Seattle, WA. She has served in Children's Ministries for over 30 years and is passionate about sharing Christ's love through her ministry to families at Waipuna Chapel and Kula Elementary (Kids Hope). Her husband Tom and two grown sons are her greatest loves along with playing tennis and enjoying the sunshine!

  • Trevor Hilman

    Worship Arts Pastor

    Trevor comes to Waipuna with extensive experience and training in leading worship and audio/video areas, as part of Youth with a Mission Maui and Kona. Along with his wife, Maria (also a gifted worship leader), and sons Cannon (5) and Ayven (2) they have made Maui their home.

  • Karen Harmer


    Karen has been involved and trained in early childhood education for most of her life in various capacities. She has been a preschool teacher, and consultant to many of the preschools on Maui. We are thrilled to have her lead our Preschool and share the love of Jesus with these young lives and with their families.

  • Joshua Marburger

    Life Groups & discipleship Pastor

    Joshua, along with his wife Nicole, and sons Caleb (8), Paul (5) and Silas (3), are thankful to be back on Maui after a season off-island developing the international life-group ministry "One Love Skate." Joshua is passionate about helping others to fall in love with Jesus and connect to God's church.

    He served as Youth Pastor/Associate Pastor at Pukalani Baptist Church from 2008-2015 during which time he also completed a Master's degree from Liberty Baptist Seminary. His wife, Nicole, is a local girl who is thankful to be bringing up her family here in the Upcountry community where she was raised.