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Holy Ghost Mission

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The church is an octagon shaped church overlooking the sea. Other buildings hold class rooms and a gift shop. Holy Ghost Mission is one of three churches serving the Kula Catholic Community. St. James the Less Mission in Ulupalakua is the older, next in age is Holy Ghost Mission in Waiakoa, and Our Lady Queen of the Angels in Keokea is the newest. The three are in a 14 mile line with the latter about the middle.

Holy Ghost Mission began in 1879 when thousands of Portuguese Catholics immigrated to Maui bringing their religion and traditions with theml. Many settled in the Kula area. Father James Beissel arrived in the Makawao Catholic District in 1882 and was managing the district and offering masses in the home of a parishioner in the Kula area by 1886. The growing district needed a church. Father Beissel designed the unique octagonal church and work began in December 1894 with donated labor. By the end of 1895 the church was mostly complete and the first masses were held in what became Holy Ghost Mission. The altar and the Portuguese language Stations of the Cross were commissioned by Father Beissel in 1895 and carved master woodcarver, Ferdinand Stuflesser, from Groden, Tirol, Austria. The pieces traveled around the Cape of Good Hope in nine crates and then hauled by oxcart from Kahului Harbor to Waiakoa. They are now recognized as examples of museum-quality ecclesiastical art. In January of 1899 Bishop Ropert Gulstan officiated the formal dedication the church. On April 29, 1983, the church was placed on the Hawaii Register of Historical Places and later added to the National Register.

Our Lady Queen of the Angels became the parish church and residence of the pastor because of its central location. Holy Ghost and St. James then became missions of Our Lady Queen of the Angels as part of the Kula Roman Catholic Community, served by one priest.

Mass schedule: Saturday: 5 p.m. , Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Religious Education: 8:15 a.m.

Gift Shop that is open weekdays from 9 - 1 pm and after masses.

Address: 4300 Lower Kula Road in Waiakoa.

Directions: follow Hana Highway to Haleakala Highway (HW 37). At the King Kekaulike HS instersection continue straight on HW 37 for about four miles. Watch for an historical marker for Holy Ghost, then turn left on Lower Kula Road. The church is on the right.

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