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St. Joseph's Catholic Church

Kamalo Wharf St, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Kaunakakai
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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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.

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Onancock, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Visited this church as part of a one-day tour of Moloka'i. We were dissappointed to find out that we could not visit the actual leper colony (since a few people still live there -- we did not know that), but seeing the rest of this island, especially this church helped us learn that Fr. Damien did much more on Moloka'i... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Cute little church that gives details on Father Damian and his exploits. Leave a donation open to the public and not locked. Makes a nice stop on your island drive.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The church is only small but is beautiful and welcoming. They leave it unlocked so you can enjoy the interior and reading matter there. A statue of Father Damien is located beside the church. Leave a donation.

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Newport Wa
13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This church has recently been totally rebuilt do to a fire a few years ago. It is very beautiful inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

A very attractive, very small Catholic Church located on the side of the road. You need to stop to see it and read about it.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

There is an elegance in small simple churches. This is a prime example. When you travel east, it's worth a brief stop (the church is unlocked). It's a very simple Catholic church. There's room for several cars to park safely.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The church is open (they just keep the doors shut, so pull open the doors to see the quaint little church). There is a historical marker. The grave yard is still in use (sad to see a family there celebrating a special day for the young son they lost). And even a veteran's statue remembering a Union veteran from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is one of the churches that Father St. Damien built on topside Molokai. It is located on a quiet location after Mile Marker #10 or so, around 11 miles east of Kaunakakai. It is well-kept and has a statue of St. Damien draped with a few leis. You may visit the inside of the church as well as the... More 

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