Star of the Sea Painted Church, Kalapana

#11 of 18 in Historic Sites in Island of Hawaii
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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  • ... on your way to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Two Step Beach and Kealakekua Bay. The church is only five minutes off SR 160. It offers a beautiful vista of the Kona coast. The litt...  more »
  • This is a beautiful church built in 1928. It had to be moved from its original site because of the lava flow of 1990. We even met a community member who helped yank the church off its foundation and p...  more »
  • I stopped here on a rainy day and was the only visitor. Church is open and no one tried to sell you anything. The church is worth a visit, lovely paintings.  more »

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