St Benedict's Painted Church

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St Benedict's Painted Church information

Honaunau , USA
84-5140 Painted Church Rd
Captain Cook
+1 808 328 2227
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Opening hours
services 7am Tue, Thu & Fri, 4pm Sat, 7:15am Sun
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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.