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Star of the Sea Painted Church, Kalapana

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
The Star of the Sea Painted Church in Kalapana, Hawai'i was built in 1927-1928 under the direction of the Belgian Catholic missionary priest Father Evarist Gielen, who painted the upper section of the church interior.In 1990, the church was moved to its present location just ahead of an advancing lava flow. It is located on Highway 130 between mile marker 19 and 20, and is open to the public without charge seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • Gorgeous little church. The mosaics inside were beautifully painted. The building seemed to extend quite a bit after the Alter but it was the way it had been painted that gave a visual illusion that it goes further on – very clever.
  • We asked and listen to episodes of escape, yet it's supposed to be on the truck, but had already unloaded from the truck. 20 years ago, that is.
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