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The Painted Church

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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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beautiful little church

Well worth a visit -- one odd thing, however. The church website states "In those days few Hawaiians could read and so he taught with pictures-most successfully." And yet, many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit -- one odd thing, however. The church website states "In those days few Hawaiians could read and so he taught with pictures-most successfully." And yet, many sources claim that, by the mid 1800s, Hawaii boasted the highest literacy rate in the world.

Thank Egstra
Manitou Beach, Michigan
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This tiny church is well worth a visit if you have 15 -30 mins. to fill. Beautifully painted walls and ceiling. Very welcoming feeling too. It does need some t.l.c. (as old as it is, what wouldn't!?!), so if you have a few bucks to spare, drop them in the offering container.

Thank Richard F
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended Mass at 7:15 AM while staying on Big Island. The church is beautiful and is the most visited Catholic Church on the islands. Greeted by the warmest, most Christian folks. First time we have received Leis upon entering church. A real treasure for the locals and for visitors.

Thank RiverCajun
Brooksville, Florida
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This church has been moved in order to make sure it survived due to the eruption previously. They have preserved the church in great shape. The history of the church is listed and it has to do with the priest who decided to stay and open up the leaper colony and remained with the leapers until he died. Very humbling... More 

Thank Readhead40s
Victoria BC
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful small church with paintings that are so old. Quaint little burial site too. Little stand to purchase bracelets and trinkets.

Thank WendeVictoriaBC
Honolulu, Hawaii
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're heading this way, it's an interesting little church. There are some interesting religious scenes painted on the walls. There is a donation box for upkeep so if you have a few extra bucks, drop 'em in because this little church does need some upkeep. There are some souvenir-type items in front on a booth with an honor box... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice little Catholic Church with beautifully landscaped grounds and very nice and interesting paintings inside, and a nice view of the area. It's worth a little 15 minute stop to see this place on your way to Place of Refuge.

Thank claysea
Encinitas, California, United States
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272 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful old church that needs restoring. The murals are wonderful, and its sad to see what termites are doing to the wood.

Thank Marti R
Paradise, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an easy stop along the road to the Place of Refuge. Well worth the time! It's just a few steps from the parking lot and simply beautiful inside. The pics are all you need to give you an idea of what you will see.

Thank projectx633
Seaside, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here many times on different trips to the Big Island. This time, a volunteer told the history of how the Painted Church came to be and why the location. Now I understand what exactly I was seeing. It's a beautiful church located on beautiful grounds. Don't miss visiting!

Thank Linwa

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