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Address: Pahoa Kalapana Road, Kalapana, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Historic church saved from the lava.

This beautiful mission church was saved from the lava that engulfed the village of Kalapana, by moving it on a truck. The decorations and history are wonderful. We recommend... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Clearwater, Florida
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Clearwater, Florida
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477 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful mission church was saved from the lava that engulfed the village of Kalapana, by moving it on a truck. The decorations and history are wonderful. We recommend that you visit and enjoy both the decorations and it's history.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful old missionary church adorned with colorful murals throughout. Definitely not a "must-see", but interesting for history buffs.

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Houston, Texas
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an easy, quick stop and the price is right. We were the only people that were at the church during our visit. The church inside is painted. It was moved to this location in order to save from a lava flow.

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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231 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

The devotion of which this little church is a testament is first to Father Damien whose life's work took place in Molokai, but who began his Hawaii sojourn evidently on the Big Island. It's also a testament to Fr. Evarist Gielen who built this structure to commemorate Fr. Damien's work. Finally, it is a testament to the faithful who moved... More 

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South Jordan, Utah
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Cute little church to see, fun to hear the history from the caretaker. Very picturesque. Off the beaten path a little ways.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This church was built in the 1930s by Father Evarest Gielen who also painted the exquisite artwork. The church was endangered by a lava flow in 1990 and the residents decided to move it to its present location, which a trucking company volunteered to do for free. The church is part of the Kalapana Hawaiian Cultural Society. There is no... More 

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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Absolutely beautiful work of art and history. Makes you want to just sit there and admire the great works of art or even drop down on your knees (which I did). So easy to find and everyone knows this place!

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

the doors were closed when we arrived, & a gal inside cleaning. we peeked thru the windows, admiring the artistry, & the doors opened! so sweet of this gal to allow us a closer look. loads of local history, & contributions, & the acoustics..... my companion has a special voice & when she broke out in song, PINCH ME!!!

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21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This little church has been moved twice out of the path of lava flows. Its history is told on the walls and goes back to Father Damien years when he was a priest on the Puna coast before relocating to Molokai and devoting himself to Hansen's disease patients. Although a small church (that still holds services), it appears much larger... More 

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Geelong
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

We visited this church as we drove around the island. It is a truly lovely place and well worth visiting.

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