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Address: Kamalo Wharf St, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748

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Neat little tidbit of history in a setting away from any of the touristy crap that clutters more famous sites.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 9, 2016
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Stanwood, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

There's a pilgrimage to be made on Molokai. Adventurous sorts can take the mule ride down the cliff to Kaulapapa, or the more auto-inclined can travel the south shore. Like the others on Molokai this church was built by Father Damien's own hands. It's a simple church, not some grand edifice. A simple church for a simple religion.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

It's worth the 11 mile drive to stand in this church build by St Damian's own hands. There is a simple beauty in the church. It was open for a visit. Outside the church is the iconic statue of the Saint.

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Stanwood, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Neat little tidbit of history in a setting away from any of the touristy crap that clutters more famous sites.

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Kaunakakai, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We were alone visiting this little church built by St. Damien when he was on Molokai around 1850. Seats about 20 people at the most. Sorry there are no scheduled masses here.

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

My husband & I stopped by this church while on an island tour in May 2016. This is one of the Father Damian churches on Molokai. This small beautiful church is worth visiting. Our native tour guide sang to us in this church, which was incredibly moving.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

One of three churches built by Father (now Saint) Damien. Tastefully and respectfully restored. You can feel his presence there.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2016

This church is so cute and lovely. I was moved seeing it and reading the information about Fr. Damien and his calling to help the sick. There's a sign in sheet and a drop box where we made a donation. What a special man he was and the sacrifice he made to help those who were so in need. Also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

It is on the main road toward east end of Island...def worth a quick stop to read about the work that was done by fr. Damian

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2016

The importance of this church is vital you spend a little time to visit it - you will probably be the only one there - so go on in, open the door and learn the history of this small church. Don't forget to close the door after. It's worth ding up on the history of this church, very moving and... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

Small church. Not much to see. Stop 5 minutes to take a picture and go to see others attractions in the island. It is a historic place.

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