Coral Miracle Church
"Coral Miracle Church." According to the story told by locals and posted in the sanctuary of the church, when Catholic priests endeavored to build a church here in 1860, the local people began the difficult task of collecting coral stones from the ocean. The coral was in deep water, and hauling the heavy chunks to shore was perilous and exhausting work. As the legend holds, one night a terrific storm whipped up on the coast and battered Wailua. In the morning, the villagers found that the surf during the storm had carried more coral onto shore than was needed for the church. After all of the coral was collected for the church, another storm hit the village and washed the surplus coral back into the sea. Because of the event, the church, St. Gabriel's, also dedicated a shrine to the miracle of Our Lady of Fatima and the church became known as the "Coral Miracle Church."