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The Painted Church

84-5140 Painted Church Rd Captain Cook, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Ranked #3 of 7 attractions in Honaunau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The Painted Church is not right off the main road so if you didn't have a plan to visit it you will probably miss this hidden treasure. The church is very pretty and the grounds are beautiful, as well. It's a quick little visit. Be sure to bring cash to purchase craft items (on the honor system) to support their... More

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Annapolis, MD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is only worth it to those that are really into history and/or churches. It was a tiny church with pretty paintings. I stopped here with my daughter. The people were friendly and were getting ready for a service that was starting shortly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I visited this church twice during July 2014, and was impressed both times. The wall and ceiling paintings in this church are wonderful. I have to admit that I wonder how much longer this open church will be able to maintain these colorful paintings however, because it is obvious the heat and humidity of Hawaii are taking their toll. There's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

The Painted Church is on the way to the Place of Refuge(turn at the side road that says Painted Church Rd.) and worth a quick stop. Most people won't need more than five or ten minutes to view the art. If you're here on Wednesday, come early so that you miss the tour buses from the cruise ship.

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Melbourne, Florida
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The attraction is fairly easy to find. However, it was a little bit disappointed considering the emphasis that had\s been given to the advertizements done. It is still a nice drive and neat to see. Just thought it might have been considerably larger in size and number of paintings. Still worth seeing.

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Los Angeles, California
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13 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was driving around the island and spotted the sign "Painted Church" and decided to check it out and I am glad that I did. The small church sits on a hillside looking over the bay. The setting alone makes it worth the spot. From the outside the church looks pretty plane. The inside is another story. There are paintings... More

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Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

It was a beautiful drive. The church is just beautiful and it was really neat to read about the history of the church and those who had been there, served there.

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Napa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My mom's family has been attending this church since the 1930's and many of my relatives (including Gramma and Grampa) are buried here. In addition to getting married here myself, it holds MANY wonderful memories for all of us. Beautiful little church housing hand-painted interior with masses in English/Hawaiian by Father Al - a treasured addition to the parish.

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Vancouver, Canada
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34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

If you're going snorkeling at Two-Step or visiting the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Place of Refuge), this Catholic church--just a few hundred meters up a side road--is well worth a short visit. The inside was painted in imitation of a cathedral in Spain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This is a nice stop with a lovely view. Located on the side of the volcano you can look out over the ocean. They have a lovely garden. The architecture of the building is lovely and the interior painting is wonderful. There is no charge but be sure to put some money in the donation box to maintain this lovely... More

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