Honolulu church's $25 million project to honor 2 saints

Honolulu church's $25 million project to honor 2 saints

HONOLULU (AP) - A Honolulu church has a $25 million project in the works that would expand its building to include a new museum honoring Hawaii's two saints.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the church was recently awarded a permit for the project to build the Damien and Marianne of Molokai Museum.

The museum will feature virtual and interactive exhibits as well as a gift shop.

To make space for the two-story building, the church's parish hall and back parking lot will be demolished and replaced. Construction is set to start in 2017.

St. Damien is a priest with the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who was canonized in 2009. The canonization of St. Marianne, formerly a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, took place in 2012.

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