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Church steeped in History

I sat in a pew, and right below me was a hole in the floor drilled by or at the request of Father... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2018
Wenatchee, Washington

A lovely part of the history of Kalaupapa from the days of the leper colony. It has been restored... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Los Angeles, California
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Kalaupapa National Historical Preserve, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
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Reviewed 24 July 2018

I sat in a pew, and right below me was a hole in the floor drilled by or at the request of Father Damien so the church-goers would come to church and have a way of getting rid of their spit...rolled up banana leaf pushed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

A lovely part of the history of Kalaupapa from the days of the leper colony. It has been restored and is very pretty and poignant.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Fantastic history. Be sure to get a guide to tell you about the history of the place. The acoustics are amazing. You will see a bust of Father Damien inside. There are apparently holes cut into the floor to allow the saliva of the leprosy...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Other than ruins and cemeteries, St. Philomena is all that remains of the original leper colony. It is a stark reminder that there can be spiritual and physical beauty even in a terrible place. The church has two wings, one reserved for lepers, who had...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank MarkymarkIV
Reviewed 13 July 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.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 6 July 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

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 5 July 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

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 9 June 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.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Rockymom77
Reviewed 5 June 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.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank AmandaG201
Reviewed 24 January 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.

Date of experience: January 2017
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