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St. Philomena Church

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Kalaupapa National Historical Preserve, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
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An historic church that is part of the Kalaupapa Tour

To get to St. Philomena's you must take a guided tour of the Kalaupapa peninsula. Kalaupapa is... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2017
Lakeside, California
A Moving Visit

Visiting this, and the entire compound, truly makes you understand both the wonderful humanity of... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2017
Michael R
Key West, Florida
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Kalaupapa National Historical Preserve, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
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Reviewed July 12, 2017

To get to St. Philomena's you must take a guided tour of the Kalaupapa peninsula. Kalaupapa is both beautiful and quite sad considering its history. A moving place of sad history.

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Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

Visiting this, and the entire compound, truly makes you understand both the wonderful humanity of people and the unavoidable inhumanity of people. Father Damien worked tirelessly to build this church as well as more than 300 others (I believe). His compassion to a group of...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed July 4, 2017

The church is charming. The grounds are beautiful. The site is filled with history and stories of compassion and healing. Contrary to what one bedeviled reviewer wrote, there is absolutely a part of Saint Damien interred here in his marked grave. Do the research. The...More

Thank Tupelo010835
Reviewed June 9, 2017

This is one place that we would really like to go visit again. It was so peaceful here. Father Damien's gravesite is here along with many others including Brother Dutton.

Thank Rockymom77
Reviewed June 5, 2017

This was a beautiful church we saw while on the Damien tours. There is lots of information about the church on the informational boards outside.

Thank Amanda G
Reviewed January 23, 2017

This is where St. Damien served and Brother Dutton is buried. The site next door, largely unmarked, is the holy site of hundreds of patients.

1  Thank frauduck
Reviewed January 8, 2017

St. Philomena Church was restored a few year ago. It's a beautiful church in a beautiful setting, and of course it is historically significant. Your tour guide will provide historic details to make the visit all the more memorable. Imagine the suffering of the people...More

Thank MidwestAlpinist
Reviewed July 30, 2016

Father Damien ministered to the outcasts of Kalaupapa from this church. He improved this church considerably on his arrival at Kalaupapa. It is located in a beautiful location. Adjoining it is a cemetery of 2,000 unmarked graves. St. Philomena was a highlight of our visit...More

1  Thank Hiistory-Buff
Reviewed June 27, 2016

This will be part of the Damien tour. You can definitely feel a "presence" here of Father (now (Saint Damian) and the thousands of poor souls that he comforted. God Bless.

1  Thank ElTigre W
Reviewed June 4, 2016

Do some research about this church, Father (now Saint) Damien, the helping hands who ministered to the patients, the entire history---before going. Be aware that roughly 8,000 souls are laying at rest right next to the church. Father Damien (not a Saint yet) deliberately volunteered...More

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