Kalōpā Catholic Cemetery

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Cemetery name: Kalōpā Catholic Cemetery

Address: Kalōpā Road and Papalele Road, Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi

GPS Coordinates: 20d 3ʻ 34" N 155d 25ʻ 4" W


Kalōpā Catholic Cemetery is on a parcel of land in Kalōpā Homesteads that was donated to the Catholic Diocese about 1916 by Antone Ferreira. When the land was portioned off for the Diocese, Our Lady of the Mount Church was moved from Lower Kalōpā (Kalōpā Makai) to the parcel. The church was closed by the Diocese in 1975, the only remnant of the church is concrete stairs and a row of palm trees.

The Cemetery (about 3.5 miles south of Honokaʻa) does not have a formal entrance, nor any type of fencing. The boundaries are Kalōpā Road, a rural residential area, a fallow sugar can field, and the edge of Kalōpā Gulch. At the highest point, near the fallow field, is a large white cross.

There are about 280 burials, a few are unmarked and a number are unreadable for various reasons. The earliest burial I have located is Manuel Gomes, Sr, 1917. There are recent burials. The cemetery is under the management of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaʻa. In 2016 the church in Honokaʻa held the records from 1928 forward, the earlier records are archived at the Diocese in Honolulu.

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