You can't help but be swept away by the quaint charm of little St Joseph's Church. It's one of only two still standing of the four island churches that missionary and saint Father Damien built outside of the Kalaupapa Peninsula. (The other, Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, is 4 miles further on). This simple, one-room wooden church, dating from 1876, has a steeple and a bell, five rows of pews and some of the original wavy glass panes. There is also a lei-draped statue of Father Damien and a little cemetery beside the church. It is just past mile marker 10, where the road – like the snakes St Patrick chased out of Ireland – becomes sinuous.
Just over three-quarters of a mile after mile marker 11, a small sign on the makai (seaward) side of the road notes the Smith-Bronte Landing, the site where pilot Ernest Smith and navigator Emory Bronte safely crash-landed their plane at the completion of the world's first civilian flight from the US mainland to Hawaii. The pair left California on July 14, 1927, destined for Oʻahu and came down on Molokaʻi 25 hours and two minutes later. A little memorial plaque is set among the kiawe trees and grasses.