We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Kamalo Wharf St, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 37 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 14
  • 13
    Very good
  • 10
  • 0
  • 0
Very inspiring

A very nice stop on the way out to the east side of the island.This church was built by Father Damien (Saint Damien), who gave his life to help the abandoned Lepers in Kalaupapa.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2015
Mainz, Germany
Add Photo Write a Review

37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right off the highway, can't miss it, it's a charming little building. There isn't a lot to see but it's a good place to stop if you're driving by.

1 Thank SARA942
Mainz, Germany
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

A very nice stop on the way out to the east side of the island.This church was built by Father Damien (Saint Damien), who gave his life to help the abandoned Lepers in Kalaupapa.

Thank FunFamilyGetaway
Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States
Level Contributor
37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

it's a quick stop on the only road around this half of the island. No guide is needed but plaque tells a great story of the priest who helped the sick lepers. Take a quick walk around the cemetery, puts life into perspective.

1 Thank Lory M
Anaheim, California
Level Contributor
33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Very nice little church, lovely inside. Allot off history in a wee little church. We visited as part of a tour and found many interesting places in Molokai

1 Thank Leslie G
Honolulu, Hawaii
Level Contributor
51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Historic church right along the side of the main road. The building has been beautifully kept, and it was an amazing experience.

1 Thank Joanna K
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

After a visit to Kalaupapa with Damien Tours, we decided to search out the other two churches that were built by Father Damien and still standing. One church was St Joseph's thats located between mileposts 10 and 11 on highway 450 east.The statue of Brother Dutton ther stands as a memorial to those who live out their lives in a... More 

1 Thank molokaifans
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
87 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This small Catholic Church was originally built by Saint Damien of Moloka'i. It is one of only two churches built by Damien that still exist on the "topside" of the island. As such, it is of exceptional historical significance to people of faith on the island (both residents and tourists). St. Joseph's is a very small church directly off the... More 

2 Thank Chuck M
Level Contributor
42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This church is simply beautiful. A quiet remembrance of the past, built by a truly remarkable man (Father Damien). There's lots of history here. A perfect place to feel the history and reflect. The church & its grounds have been well maintained. It is open to the public, but, please leave a donation.

Thank cass000
Vancouver, Washington
Level Contributor
44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is a Historical site ....Beauty is the Eye of the beholder..my eyes were amazed. The Grounds are kept well and you can imagine a time long ago.

Thank Deb B
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
181 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

A who very small church with little decoration but a place to worship and was founded by Father Damien is known for his work on the leopard colony in Mokakai. A burial ground is located outside the church. Oldest small church we have ever visited

Thank sabers86

Travelers who viewed St. Joseph's Catholic Church also viewed


Been to St. Joseph's Catholic Church? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from St. Joseph's Catholic Church staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?