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Address: Kalaupapa National Historical Preserve, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742

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Highlight of Visit to Kalaupapa

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 July 2016
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Chesapeake, Virginia

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 to Kalaupapa.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 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.

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Everett
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 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 to STAY at Kalaupapa to minister to the poor people living at Kalaupapa. Was scheduled... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

This church is situated in such a remote part of the world and has such an important history, I was glad to have made the journey. Seeing the floor holes where Father Damien cut the boards for the patients was moving. What a wonderful lesson in compassion and care.

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Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

St Philomena Church is part of the Father Damien tour of The historical leper colony on Moloka'i. Father Damien was buried there but his body has been exhumed and returned to Belgium. Church is no longer active, is tiny and unimpressive

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

Lot of history here. Beautiful church with beautiful backdrop. Friendly cat was there to greet us when we got off the bus.

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

Father Damien's church. Rich with history of his ministry to the people of Kalaupapa. This visit to the church was part of our tour. The grave yard outside is also interesting.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

The church and its surroundings are part of the day tour of the national park. The church is quaint inside and worth a walk around but the cemetery and the views are amazing. It is still used for a service once a month.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

The church was an example of inclusiveness. It was expanded to let the "lepers" attend services in relative comfort. Damien spoke to his God there and to his flock of the outcast, the shunned, and the no longer hopeless. It neighbors an earlier Protestant church.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2015

One of the stops on the bus tour of Kalaupapa, Moloka'i, St. Philomena's Catholic Church is the first church built by Father Damien. After his death from leprosy at age 49, his body was shipped back to Belgium to be buried, but his hand is here in the onsite cemetery. The church has been restored and is open for visitors,... More 

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