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The Painted Church

Address: 84-5140 Painted Church Rd Captain Cook, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
Phone Number: 808-328-2227
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Honaunau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

There is something truly magical about this place. Such a lovely piece of tranquil paradise, even on a Sunday morning.

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We read about The Painted Church in our guidebook, and decided we had to see it for ourselves. We happened to visit on a Wednesday in January, and were very pleased to see that there were 2 parishioners who volunteer their time to greet visitors and explain the paintings within the church and share its history. (Wednesday is the day... More 

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Strathfield, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I visited here with my family and I was moved and touched by the beauty of the church. It is amazing to think that this church is not only a tourist attraction but also a working church serving the needs of the local community. Whilst there are items for sale and a collection basket to help keep the church open,... More 

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West Valley City, Utah, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We had no idea what to expect. We saw the painted church on a local map and decided to stop. When we pulled up we thought nothing fancy but were amazed at the inside. This little building is worth a stop especially since the paintings are starting to disappear thanks to the environment. This is a must see if only... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The frescoes inside were still colourful even after many years. The church and the history made a nice story.

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Anyone reading this will know what to see at the painted church, but we just happened upon it on our way from 2-step beach (I saw the Painted Church Road, so how can you not follow it to see where it goes?). A perfectly painted quaint white church. We saw, we left. Of course, you know it is also much... More 

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Winkler, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

First time in a catholic church. The paintings were beautiful, but the picture of hell was a little frightful. The cemetery was well kept, an we even got to see a black cat near a grave, a little scary.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This beautiful little church was one of my favorites. The priest was there to explain it and added to the experience. Painted to explain Christianity until the painter could learn more Hawaiian over a hundred years ago. Very cool and my kids enjoyed it. That's saying something...

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Portland Oregonn, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The church and frescoes are beautiful. The cemetery is quite interesting. But for us the real hidden treasure was the walk up the hill to the statue. You walk through the 12 stages of the cross up to the Madonna and Son. This was a very moving experience, (we are not Catholic). The view was lovely. And the words grown... More 

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State College, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This tiny church still in use sits on a hillside overlooking a beautiful cemetery and ocean in the distance. The flowers outside were lush and noteworthy. Inside Biblical scenes had been painted on the walls to instruct parishioners (who might not be literate) on the Bible stories. We were struck by the front corners of the church which were painted... More 

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