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St. Francis Catholic Church

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1908. Kamehameha and Beretania sts.

St. Francis is one of the more imposing buildings at Kalaupapa. With its impressive steeple, it is the most readily distinguished structure from the topside lookout. The church was reputedly designed by two French priests in the settlement. The third church on the site, this building maintains the Catholic presence on the Kalaupapa side of the peninsula, which started with Father Wendelin Joseph Moellers in the early 1880s. Japanese masons and carpenters constructed the building after its predecessor burned to the ground in 1906.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "St. Francis Catholic Church", [Kalaupapa, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 238-238.

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