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Star of the Sea Painted Church, Kalapana

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