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St. Joseph's Catholic Church

Address: Kamalo Wharf St, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748
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Ranked #4 of 27 things to do in Kaunakakai
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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135 reviews 135 reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Mooloolaba, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Anchorage
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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26 helpful votes 26 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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121 reviews 121 reviews
46 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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