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St. Philomena Church

Kalaupapa National Historical Preserve, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
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Beauty and tragedy

Fantastic history. Be sure to get a guide to tell you about the history of the place. The acoustics... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
megan g
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Love among the ruins

Other than ruins and cemeteries, St. Philomena is all that remains of the original leper colony. It... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
MarkymarkIV
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Anacortes, Washington
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Kalaupapa National Historical Preserve, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
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Reviewed 29 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

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Reviewed 13 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

Thank MarkymarkIV
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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.

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Reviewed 5 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

Thank Michael R
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Reviewed 4 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

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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.

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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.

Thank Amanda G
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Reviewed 23 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.

1  Thank frauduck
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Reviewed 8 January 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
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Reviewed 31 July 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

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