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Star of the Sea Painted Church

Pahoa Kalapana Road, Kalapana, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Pahoa Kalapana Road, Kalapana, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful little church is a must see. We visited the church and walked through the outdoor Stations of the Cross as well as the adjacent cemetery. Nice quiet place.

Thank Cms2716
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely lovely work of art and history. You can spend a few moments admiring or take some time to enjoy the peace and quiet. Close to the parking lot is a free fruit stand (with a jar to donate if you so choose) with fresh...More

Thank StagerNana
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful stop while driving around the south side of the island. The story of the church and the Father who did the paintings is a lovely tale of devotion meeting talent.

Thank Penny G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a neat church with a neat history. If stopping by churches is your thing than this is a place to make a short visit. Really pretty on the inside!

Thank chris w
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

This beautiful mission church was saved from the lava that engulfed the village of Kalapana, by moving it on a truck. The decorations and history are wonderful. We recommend that you visit and enjoy both the decorations and it's history.

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Beautiful old missionary church adorned with colorful murals throughout. Definitely not a "must-see", but interesting for history buffs.

Thank ExploreTheBigIsland
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This was an easy, quick stop and the price is right. We were the only people that were at the church during our visit. The church inside is painted. It was moved to this location in order to save from a lava flow.

Thank Debbie E
Reviewed 6 February 2017

The devotion of which this little church is a testament is first to Father Damien whose life's work took place in Molokai, but who began his Hawaii sojourn evidently on the Big Island. It's also a testament to Fr. Evarist Gielen who built this structure...More

Thank Gabriele S
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Cute little church to see, fun to hear the history from the caretaker. Very picturesque. Off the beaten path a little ways.

Thank Hansonfam
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This church was built in the 1930s by Father Evarest Gielen who also painted the exquisite artwork. The church was endangered by a lava flow in 1990 and the residents decided to move it to its present location, which a trucking company volunteered to do...More

1  Thank debbyanne
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