St Benedict's Painted Church
Society for Kona's Education & Art
SKEA is a hotbed of activity, with pilates, Polynesian dance, tai chi and Japanese ink painting classes, art shows and poetry readings;...
Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary
Near the church on Painted Church Rd, these tranquil 7-acre gardens contain shrines to the world’s major religions and a frankly...
Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
This awesome park is an ancient place of refuge – or puʻuhonua, a sanctuary where kapu (taboo)-breakers could have their lives spared.
Kona Coffeehouse & Cafe
On the mauka side of Hwy 11, at the turnoff to Place of Refuge, this coffee shop is serious about 100% Kona brews, espresso and...
Bong Brothers & Sistahs
Food is politics at this small organic health-food store, vegetarian take-out deli and coffee shop inside a historic 1929 building.
84-5140 Painted Church Rd · interesting places nearby
St Benedict's Painted Church information
A pulpit with a view, gravestones cradled by tropical blooms and a little chapel with floor-to-ceiling 'outsider art' make this church a picturesque side trip. A self-taught artist and Catholic priest, John Velghe, came to Hawaiʻi from Belgium in 1899 and he modeled the vaulted nave on a Gothic cathedral in Burgos, Spain. His trompe l'oeil art work is delightful, in a naive art kind of way. Come early or late, when the light is softer and birds sing out.