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St. Joseph's Catholic Church

Kamalo Wharf St, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748
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Built by St Damien

This beautiful little church was the second church built by Father (St) Damien and is in its... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2017
A short stop along the south east shore

It is all about father Damien. His personal sacrifice is told in stories as he slowly shows the... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Salem, Oregon
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Kamalo Wharf St, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

This beautiful little church was the second church built by Father (St) Damien and is in its authentic state. Statue of Father Damien in the garden. Rectory next door. When canonized, his relic was brought here for a special Mass attended by one of the...More

Thank travelfortherapy
Reviewed 21 March 2017

It is all about father Damien. His personal sacrifice is told in stories as he slowly shows the effects of Hansen's disease on his body. It aged him quickly and ultimately killed him.

Thank pkrissel
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Lots of history in this little church. Make sure to stop and do some reading, and feel some of the residual spirit. I wish there were still masses held there.

1  Thank Roy J
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I read a bit of the history of this church in "Tales of the Night Rainbow" and how the Native Hawaiians built this church for Father Damien so he would have a place for his God. (BTW, I recommend this book for Native history of...More

1  Thank Jilara
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Pretty little church built by Saint Damien. Has a statue of Saint Damien and a small graveyard. Picturesque drive to it and it is very pretty and calming. Nice place to take pictures.

Thank MTMama75
Reviewed 2 February 2017

While exploring the island, take time to visit this quaint church. especially if you were not able to go to the National Park. I had the place to myself. It comes up kind of quick on the side of the road so be watching your...More

Thank Laura Lynne T
Reviewed 26 September 2016

There's a pilgrimage to be made on Molokai. Adventurous sorts can take the mule ride down the cliff to Kaulapapa, or the more auto-inclined can travel the south shore. Like the others on Molokai this church was built by Father Damien's own hands. It's a...More

2  Thank KulaBob
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

It's worth the 11 mile drive to stand in this church build by St Damian's own hands. There is a simple beauty in the church. It was open for a visit. Outside the church is the iconic statue of the Saint.

2  Thank Frbill92
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Neat little tidbit of history in a setting away from any of the touristy crap that clutters more famous sites.

Thank tod701
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We were alone visiting this little church built by St. Damien when he was on Molokai around 1850. Seats about 20 people at the most. Sorry there are no scheduled masses here.

2  Thank ptmary
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