Hawaii’s First Canonized Saint, Father Damien, Was One Of The Islands’ Most Influential People

Whether you’ve called our beautiful islands home for your entire life, recently made the move to the Aloha State, or perhaps are simply dreaming of the day you’ll finally fly into Hawaii, there are countless fascinating places and people that make the Hawaiian Islands so unique. And while we’ve featured many of the islands’ most famous places, it is perhaps the people who live here that have shaped the islands even more than our volcanic past. One of those influential people is none other than Father Damien, and we can’t wait to share his life and legacy with you. 

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Have you ever heard the unbelievable story of Father Damien before? What about one of Hawaii Island’s prettiest churches, St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church, also known as the Painted Church, or the oldest church in Hawaii, Mokuaikaua Church?

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