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 St. Augustine Catholic 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 that detail the stories of the two saints, who both served leprosy patients quarantined on the island of Molokai.
St. Damien was 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.
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.