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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 pleasant surprise

Didn't quite expect what we saw. Beautiful paintings inside, and a guide who loves to talk about its history and the man who moved it from the shore, piece by piece, then painted... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Didn't quite expect what we saw. Beautiful paintings inside, and a guide who loves to talk about its history and the man who moved it from the shore, piece by piece, then painted illustrations to teach the locals.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We were fortunate enough to get there when the director of the church was around. He gave as a nice quick, but very informative tour. Beautiful catholic church in it's own unique way that one man, an immigrant priest from Belgium, hand built and painted. It's a living landmark now. The entire inside of the church is hand painted with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A little out of the way church - stop by on your way to view the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakekua Bay. The paintings are starting to fade but still fascinating to see. Hard to believe one man did it all. The gardens are beautiful but somewhat overgrown.

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New Albany, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Amazing little church setting on a hillside overlooking the beautiful blue ocean. Inside the church the painting are very nicely done and impressive. Worth a quick stop.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is a real church. With real parishoners. I like to support them by make a donation. They have little St. Chrisopher and other medals or bracelets you can purchase at an honor desk. The garden has fruit trees and the little cemetery has beautiful albeit wild plants. Cats, birds and huge poinsettias adorn the church yard. Inside the parishoners... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is a lovely and quaint church and the artwork is quite astounding. This church has some character about it and also some good views looking back towards the sea. Worth visiting and seeing with your own eyes.

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Franklin Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

we snorkeled every day at 2 step and the beach across from cook monument. Had read about the painted church .. very close to the snorkeling .. free whats not to like.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My mom and I just happened to stumble upon the painted church while driving back from visiting BI bees and I'm really glad we decided to stop. Before I decided to write this review I read thru some others to see who the soulless ones where that gave it a horrible rating. Persons comparing this church to churches in Spain,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We made a quick stop on the way from Kona to the National Volcano Park, and were pleasantly surprised. Timing was fortunate, because a volunteer was just starting to explain the history of the building. He was entertaining, and briefly and colorfully described the passionate 19th Century priest who chose to paint murals on the walls to explain Christianity to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This church is amazing. Whether you are religious or not the story behind this beautiful gem is wonderful. We fell in love with it so much we will be getting married there next week. If the unofficial tour guide is there, please listen to his story telling. He really brings the history of the church to life.

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Address: 84-5140 Painted Church Rd Captain Cook, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
Phone Number: 808-328-2227
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Honaunau

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