Standing as stark white structures surrounded by tall palms and backed by the South Shore’s cobalt blue sky, St. Raphael Church in sunny Koloa town houses beautiful historic and modern buildings.
If you’re staying on Kauai’s south side and are looking to take a break from the beach and enjoy a bit of Kauai history, St. Raphael Church offers scenic buildings set in a well-tended landscape. Founded in 1841, St. Raphael’s is the oldest Catholic Church on Kauai, established by Father Arsenius Walsh, two years after Catholics were granted religious freedom in Hawaii. The present sanctuary of the historic church was completed in December of 1854 and remodeled to increase seating capacity in 1936. The current modern building was built after hurricane Iniki occurred in 1992. Services are currently held in both the historic and new buildings.
The beautiful landscaping and picturesque buildings make St. Raphael Church in Kauai a great location for a short stroll. Follow the 500-meter long pathway extending from the new church to explore the grounds and visit the multiple grottos. The grotto depicting the risen Christ was built in 1880 over the mouth of a lava tube. The second was completed in 1941 and is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.
Planning Your Excursion to St. Raphael Church in Kauai
St. Raphael Church in Kauai is located on the island’s South Shore in Koloa at 3011 Hapa Rd. To tour the grounds on your own, pick up a printed guide located inside the front entrance of the historic church. Visitors are also welcome to join the parish for mass, which is held Monday-Friday and Sunday at 7:00 a.m. in the historic church building, and in the new church building on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
We have rentals at nearly 30 properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores. Staying at one of our south shore properties such as Kahala, Makahuena Point, Poipu Kapili, or Poipu Shores Resort will put you in perfect proximity for enjoying St. Raphael Church and the sunny south shore’s best beaches. Many of our south shore rentals have full kitchens, pristine swimming pools, beautifully manicured grounds, spacious lanais, and impeccable ocean views.
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