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Address: Kamalo Wharf St, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748
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Lovely little church

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Leslie G
Anaheim, California
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Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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.

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Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Leslie G
Honolulu, Hawaii
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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.

Thank Joanna K
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 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 

Thank molokaifans
San Diego, California
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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 

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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
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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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 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
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Quiet, simple, reverent - much like the founder himself. Father Damien established several parishes on the upper island even as he devoted most of his efforts to the leper settlement at Kalawao. Beautiful and well worth the stop.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Lovely little church, we stopped and enjoyed a walk around the cemetery grounds.Took a few pictures. We spent less than a hour.

Thank Lisa G

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