[from the Hawaii Catholic Herald, February 4, 2011]
Ground Broken for Kaunakakai’s long-awaited church
About 300 people gathered beneath a cloudless blue sky at the grass-covered empty lot at 115 Ala Malama Street in Kaunakakai to watch a long-held dream emerge into reality.
The Molokai parish of St. Damien officially broke ground for its new church, also to be called St. Damien when it is completed near the end of this year .
After more than 15 years of wishing and planning and fundraising and designing and negotiating, the black fabric construction fence screens were up, the heavy equipment parked in the back and the building permit prominently posted.
The contractor was there, and the architect, the pastor, the parish building committee, civic leaders, the bishop, and an assortment of happy parishioners, neighbors and friends.
[to be continued]
Blessings, pono and pule!
Fr. Brian Guerrini, ss.cc.