Saint Joseph Catholic Church (Makawao, Hawaii)

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Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Makawao is a parish of the Roman Catholic Church of Hawaii in the United States. Located in Makawao on the island of Maui, the church falls under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Honolulu and its bishop. It is named after Saint Joseph, the father of Jesus.


The church is located at 1294 Makawao Avenue, 20°51′22″N 156°18′29″W / 20.85611°N 156.30806°W / 20.85611; -156.30806Coordinates: 20°51′22″N 156°18′29″W / 20.85611°N 156.30806°W / 20.85611; -156.30806. The first church in the area was built here by Father James Beissel around 1882. The next pastor was Justin Van Schayk. The current structure was built in 1911 under supervision from John Couturiaux. A tower was added in 1927 financed by the family of James Beynes.[1] The Catholic cemetery just below the church predates the current structure.[2]


There are several stained glass windows in Saint Joseph's church; this is the story of one of them. Francisco Gomes, was born in 1868, he and his family moved to Hawaii when Frank was eleven. After a journey of 123 days, the British ship Ravenscrag arrived in Hawaii in 1879 carrying 428 Portuguese immigrants. Frank’s wife, Theresa DeCosta Vasconcellos (Threza da Costa Vasconcelos), was born on the island of Sao Miquel in the Azores, in Bretanha, in 1874. Theresa arrived in Hawaii during the rule of King Kalākaua in 1883. Traveling with her mother, an aunt, two brothers, two sisters and a cousin, they arrived on the Bell Rock, a British ship carrying 1,405 Portuguese immigrants. Frank and Theresa were married June 24, 1894 in the original St Joseph’s Church in Makawao. In 1944 they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a High Mass at the present church built in 1911.


St. Joseph's Church has an associated school which serves the educational needs of the people of this areas known as "upcountry Maui". It is open to students of all religious, ethnic, economic and national backgrounds.

Feast days[edit]

Saint Joseph's "Feast Days" is an annual event in upcountry Maui. The Feast offers live entertainment, crafts, food, games, and auctions.[3]


  1. ^ "Saint Joseph Catholic Church". web site. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Saint Josephs Catholic Cemetery". find a grave web site. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  3. ^ "St Joseph Feast". web site. Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-14.