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. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Located along a frontage road on Pahoa-Kalapana Road, this church, painted Sea-Foam green with white trim and white corrugated roof has a unique history. Constructed in 1927, this church is listed on....  more
    Located along a frontage road on Pahoa-Kalapana Road, this church, painted Sea-Foam green with white trim and white corrugated roof has a unique history. Constructed in 1927, this church is listed on....  more »
  • Came upon this beautiful little church when I was at one of the lowest moments of my life. I found hope on that day. Mahalo 
    Came upon this beautiful little church when I was at one of the lowest moments of my life. I found hope on that day. Mahalo  more »
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  • What a wonderful place! I wish there was a way to make a contribution online somehow! There is a lovely woman who is the grounds caretaker and I would love to donate to her
  • The murals are a must see! Incredible piece of Hawaiian history. Put it on your "to-do" list." It's also free to visit. They do except donations.

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