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St. Raphael Church, the oldest Catholic church on the island, is decorated for the season as it hosts the Joy of Christmas holiday light viewing experience as a Laulima Campaign fundraiser.
Light from daylight illuminates the plethora of miniature lights in a globe created at the St. Raphael Church in Koloa.
An illuminated tower marks the start of a nice walk through illuminated holiday decorations at the Joy of Christmas that starts Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. Raphael Church in Koloa.
The original St. Raphael chapel houses an illuminated nativity scene during the Joy of Christmas event that starts Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. as a Laulima Campaign fundraiser.
KOLOA — The lights go on at 7 p.m., said Lillian Vierra, the St. Raphael Church secretary.
Saturday marks the opening ceremony for the inaugural “Joy of Christmas” illuminated holiday lights viewing experience that serves a Laulima Campaign fundraiser, which is working toward ceiling and window repair work for the oldest Catholic church on Kauai.
Admission to the Joy of Christmas is free. Donations are welcomed, and proceeds from sale of food, drink, and gift shop items during these evening events will go toward the campaign.
The Joy of Christmas is the result of the church’s parishioners responding to a call to create a festival of holiday lights for the month of December at the historic church.
The pathway of illuminated displays start at the entrance marked by an illuminated tower. The concrete pathway meanders through the church property, past the original chapel that will have the manger scene replicated and lit.
Piped-in music lends flavor to the light displays, and viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite.
The Joy of Christmas will be available for viewing each Saturday and Sunday in December from 6 to 8 p.m.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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