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Star of the Sea Painted Church

Pahoa Kalapana Road, Kalapana, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Pahoa Kalapana Road, Kalapana, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you find yourself frazzled from all the coffee sampling while in this area of Kona take time to stop by this sweet little church for a few peaceful moments. It has beautiful painted murals and a quiet little graveyard. While there was no caretaker...More

Thank Deanna O
Reviewed 28 May 2017

This is a great quick stop and likely to be passed by when going to different destinations on the Big Island so take a minute to enjoy the small beautiful church and peaceful grounds.

Thank tiffp1
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

This beautiful little church is a must see. We visited the church and walked through the outdoor Stations of the Cross as well as the adjacent cemetery. Nice quiet place.

Thank Cms2716
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Absolutely lovely work of art and history. You can spend a few moments admiring or take some time to enjoy the peace and quiet. Close to the parking lot is a free fruit stand (with a jar to donate if you so choose) with fresh...More

Thank StagerNana
Reviewed 26 April 2017

This is a wonderful stop while driving around the south side of the island. The story of the church and the Father who did the paintings is a lovely tale of devotion meeting talent.

Thank Penny G
Reviewed 25 April 2017

It's a neat church with a neat history. If stopping by churches is your thing than this is a place to make a short visit. Really pretty on the inside!

Thank chris w
Reviewed 3 March 2017 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.

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 1 March 2017

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

Thank ExploreTheBigIsland
Reviewed 28 February 2017

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.

Thank Debbie E
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...More

Thank Gabriele S
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