Day at the Mu­seum

Waikiki Magazine - - IPLAY - By Natalie Tarce

Along the bustling streets of Kalakaua and ‘Ohua Av­enues is a lit­tle-known mu­seum that houses an im­por­tant piece of Hawai‘i’s spir­i­tual his­tory. An unas­sum­ing flight of stairs fronting St. Au­gus­tine-by-the-Sea Church leads to the sec­ond floor where the Damien and Mar­i­anne of Molokai Her­itage Cen­ter is housed. In­spir­ing prayers by Saints Damien and Mar­i­anne are po­si­tioned right by the en­trance, which greets vis­i­tors as they be­gin their tour.

Called Ab­so­lute Faith, the ex­hibit dis­plays some rare prints and art­works that of­fer a unique and com­pelling glimpse of life on Kalau­papa on Moloka‘i where those af­flicted with Hansen’s disease were ex­iled. Opened to the pub­lic just a year ago, this ex­hibit cel­e­brates and hon­ors the life and min­istry of Saints Damien and Mar­i­anne Cope who both ded­i­cated their lives serv­ing the peo­ple of Moloka‘i.

The Her­itage Cen­ter is man­aged by St. Au­gus­tine-by-the-Sea Church un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Fr. Lane Akiona. It also sells re­li­gious items, sou­venirs and books about Saint Damien. En­trance is free and all sales and do­na­tions go to­wards build­ing a more per­ma­nent mu­seum for Saint Damien and Mar­i­anne. 130 ‘Ohua Ave. [C:11 Waikiki Map] (808) 923-7024

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