Saint Francis Church

St. Francis of Assisi Church atKalaupapa Peninsula, Molokai,Hawaii

St. Francis of Assisi Church at Kalaupapa Peninsula, Molokai,Hawaii

Due to the pandemic spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu has given directives that all churches and satellite missions throughout the state be closed until April 30 or until further notice. All liturgies and sacraments will also be cancelled through April 30 which included Holy Week. The Diocese has made available a live stream schedule for daily mass and masses. The live stream can be viewed on the Facebook page for the Cathedral of Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. It can also be viewed at Hawaii Catholic TV  for those who are not on Facebook but do have internet connection. The St. Damien Parish has a You Tube page now that you can join Fr. Brian in daily mass and Sunday mass.

You can  also read the Bishop’s Homily from the Easter Sunday mass here.

Live stream schedule from the Cathedral:

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
Sundays at 9 AM, Bishop Larry Silva presiding
Mondays to Saturdays at 8 AM
Sunday, April 19 at 9 AM (2nd Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy)
Sunday, April 26 at 9 AM (3rd Sunday of Easter)

How can we keep Sunday Holy? Here are many ways in which to do so (from the office of the Bisho

Mass Schedule
7: 00am   Saturday
9: 00am   Sunday
5: 30am   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Address: Kalaupapa, HI 96742
Clergy and Staff

Rev. Patrick Killilea, Pastor

Located on the Kalaupapa peninsula is the St. Francis Church. When Damien arrived in 1873, there was a fishing village in Kalaupapa and some of the patients were already moving to Kalaupapa from Kalawao. Damien felt a need for a church on that side of the peninsula and built a small one in the Fall of that same year and named the church Our Lady Health Of The Sick. Two years later he tore it down and rebuilt it. Then, in 1881 he enlarged this second structure. It served as the parish church for Kalaupapa town until 1900 when it was replaced by a much larger and very ornate wooden church which was named St. Francis Of Assisi. Damien’s church was then relocated to the site of the present Damien Hall next to the new church.The new church burned to the ground within less than an hour in 1906 because some altar boys were careless with lighted charcoal. The front of Damien’s church was also burned but most of it was saved and became a temporary church until the present St Francis Church was rebuilt and dedicated in 1908. The architectural style of St. Francis Catholic Church is an Italian Gothic of reinforced concrete. It has a corner bell tower with kicked eaves, gothic arches with double hung windows, quatrefoil windows, side buttresses, and a large corrugated metal gable roof.


St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa, Molokai