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Address: Kamalo Wharf St, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748
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Pretty Little Church with Some History

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2014
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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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arizona
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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