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Address: 84-5140 Painted Church Rd Captain Cook, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
Phone Number: 808-328-2227
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A "Must See" on the Island

Every trip to the Big Island we make, we stop to pay respects at St. Benedicts... the "Painted church". Incredibly beautiful and just up the road from the Place of Refuge. Go see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
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Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Every trip to the Big Island we make, we stop to pay respects at St. Benedicts... the "Painted church". Incredibly beautiful and just up the road from the Place of Refuge. Go see it.

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Bryant, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This is a MUST SEE! A bit out of the way, but what a beautiful trip! The church building is beautiful and the paintings throughout makes God's Holy Word come to life. The gardens and cemetery are a quiet place of reflection of one's life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

fab stop, next to joesnuts.com & city of refuge park, great pictures and nice roads easy access.........................

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This historic church was painted in stories of the Bible by Father Benedict to teach the natives about Christianity. The paintings by this professed non-artist are actually quite spectacular and worth studying for their detail and originality. The picturesque setting for this active church is well worth exploring as well: the outdoor Stations of the Cross is lovely and leads... More 

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Florence, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a tiny church decorated in the 1800's by murals painted by the parish priest. It is a peaceful place in a lovely setting. The surrounding cemetery is very old and well maintained. The paintings are sweet. When you are leaving the church, a lovely view of the sea greets you. Nice non touristy place to be.

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Clayton, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Hmmm, after seeing the Romanesque Churches in Spain, this was a a bit of a letdown. It's a small church, seating no more than about sixty people and it is painted with different religious images like the temptation of Christ and the the writing on the wall at the feast of Belshazzar. These were done at the turn of the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Worth the drive to see the church. No entrance fee, good will offering. Beautiful old cemetery overlooking the ocean.

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Macksville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Set on a winding road about 45 minutes from Kailua-Kona, is St Benedict's Painted Church in the town of Captain Cook, Hawaii (HI). With an old cemetery climbing the unstable slopes on the northern side, the Painted Church sits quietly on a grassy slope waiting its next visitor. The pews are authentic, the paintings surreal. A collection box honesty system... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Although the church is shown on most maps, it took a bit to find because of it's somewhat obscure location off of the highway. The church is tucked away on a slope facing the coast with great views of the distant shore. There's a variety of dense vegetation surrounding the church which gives you a good sense of the Hawaiian... More 

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East Greenville, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church provides a brief little respite stopover that is well worth a visit. It is an interesting holy place sitting atop a hill overlooking the breathtakingly beautiful and historic Kealakekua Bay. Its grounds are planted with traditional Hawaii flora including mature breadfruit trees. It is also on the National Historic Register. Its fascinating draw is its... More 

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