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Star of the Sea Painted Church

  • Hwy. 130 Map It
  • Kalapana
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 08/07/2014

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This historic church, now a community center, was moved to its present location in 1990 just ahead of the advancing lava flow that destroyed the Kalapana area. Dating from the 1930s, the church was built by a Belgian Catholic missionary priest, Father Evarest Gielen, who also painted the detailed scenes on the church's interior. Though similar in style, the Star of the Sea and St. Benedict's were painted by two different Belgian priests. Star of the Sea also boasts several lovely stained-glass windows and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Hwy. 130, 1 mile north of Kalapana, Kalapana, Hawaii, 96778, United States

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Published 08/07/2014


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