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Star of the Sea Painted Church

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Star of the Sea Painted Church

76 Reviews
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Ellesor826 wrote a review Apr 2020
Bradenton, Florida1,290 contributions294 helpful votes
Pat of our tour from our cruise ship after visiting the black sand beach. This is a beautiful little church which is reminiscent of days gone by. A nice little stop, look, snap a photo and be on your way kind of "attraction" on a tour but I think just a very special vibe and place if you're not with a large group of tourists. A place that somehow feels sacred.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Mike H wrote a review Feb 2020
Phoenix, Arizona1,753 contributions231 helpful votes
This is a church that has a little history. Fr Damien was in the area when he arrived in the islands. This curch was built in 1927-28 after he was here but is dedicated to him. Stain Glass is int he church of Fr Damien and Sister Cope. Worth seeing and right on the road to Kalapana.
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Date of experience: January 2020
243rodb wrote a review Jan 2020
Cottonwood Heights, Utah14 contributions1 helpful vote
When we visited we were the only people there. Super quiet and serene. Not an architectural marvel but a humble house of worship. Some historical information and NO CHARGE! There is a donation box where we were happy to donate and some hand made beads for a nominal donation, all on the honor system. The entire visit was so low key and comfortable. I saw in the photos there was a cemetery but I did not see that. I would have loved to pay my respects there. Sorry I missed it. I would also have loved to enjoy a Sunday service.
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Date of experience: May 2019
chillyw wrote a review Nov 2019
San francisco104 contributions28 helpful votes
This little church was quite a chore to locate as it has been re-located due to the volcanic eruptions that occurred close by the past few years. We needed to ask at least over 5 individuals before we actually found it by serendipity! Despite everything, do not rely on your GPS! It will not guide you here!! It is located right on Hwy 130 - just above the town of Kaimu. It was moved here in 1990 due to the impending lava flow in its original spot. There are limited opening hours from 9a.m. - 4p.m. A quaint and quiet spot to relax and enjoy the remembrance of Father Damien & Mother Marianne's story of helping the leprosy patients on Kalaupapa, Molokai, There is also a nice stain glass of both of them in the church. Look at the painted ceiling and walls as approaching in this church- there is a lot of fine details and nice colors that blend in with the decor and feels like this church goes on and on. Absolutely worth it to try and find the Star of the Sea Painted Church.
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Date of experience: July 2019
ArlettaC wrote a review Jun 2019
Fairfield, California1,134 contributions266 helpful votes
This pretty little church has an amazing interior, covered with paintings that were the work of a long-ago priest. It’s moving to see the care and detail and imagination that went into creating them. Beautiful setting in the countryside, and the history is fascinating.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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