Saturday, May 30, 2009

Holy Ghost Church

When you drive upcountry to Kula you can see this large white octogon church, Holy Ghost Church. The first time I saw it I thought it was funny that it was named after the Holy Ghost, you don't see that very often. Today they had their Holy Ghost Feast so we went to check it out. This is the back of the church, there was a little cemetery back there.
They had food and booths and entertainment. It is a Roman Catholic Church - originally for the Portuguese that came to work in the sugar fields. They were serving Portuguese bean soup, Portuguese sweet bread and Malasadas (doughnuts) - Hey it's just like being in Newcastle again!
It was a beautiful view. You can see all the way down to the ocean.
We didn't think we should take a picture inside but it was decorated with a set of Stations of the Cross and a gorgeous/elaborate alter all ordered from Austria and sent over in 1895. This was the only octagonal structure built in Hawaii in the 19th century. The Holy Ghost Feast is held every year at Pentecost - 50 days after Easter (I didn't know what that was before - I learned something new today!)

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