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Star of the Sea Church--Kalapana Painted Church
U.S. National Register of Historic Places



Star of the Sea Painted Church, Kalapana, Hawai'i, built 1927-1928



Location: Kaimu, Hawaii
Coordinates: 19°22′34″N 154°58′1″WCoordinates: 19°22′34″N 154°58′1″W
Built: 1931
Architect: Gielen, Evarist, Father
Architectural style: Colonial Revival
Governing body: State
NRHP Reference#: 97000407[1]
Added to NRHP: May 14, 1997
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 1941, George Heidler, an artist from Athens, Georgia, painted the lower panels to complete the church interior. These paintings tell the story of Father Damien (of leprosy fame), who arrived in the Kalapana area of Puna, Hawaii in 1864, shortly after his ordination.
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.[2] It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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