Watch: Honolulu Catholic Church celebrates Mass to send off Father Kapaun’s remains


HONOLULU, Hawaii (KSNW) – A Mass will be celebrated Thursday evening in Honolulu, Hawaii, to send off the remains of Father Emil Kapaun.

The Mass will be live-streamed from Honolulu’s Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace on the Diocese YouTube channel at 11 p.m.

The Mass is to honor Kapaun before his remains are sent back to Wichita. He will arrive in Wichita on Sept. 25. His remains will be taken to his home parish in Pilsen for a private observance before the public services in Wichita.

A vigil will be held for Kapaun on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. His funeral will be Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Both are being held at Hartman Arena. The events are free and open to the public. Get tickets through Ticketmaster.

After the Mass of Christian Burial at Hartman Arena, there will be an event for those who could not make it to the service. Kapaun’s remains will be carried in a procession from Veterans Memorial Park, 339 Veterans Memorial Parkway, to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at Central and Broadway in Wichita. It is expected to start at 1:30 and last until 3 p.m.

Kapaun died in 1951 after he was taken as a prisoner of war and fell sick. You can read about his history and the path to sainthood at

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