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The Painted Church, Honaunau

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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  • Another stop on the GyPSy tour of the Big Island brought us to the Painted Church in South Kona. For those of you who are unfamiliar with GyPSy tours, they are apps that you can buy for $8-$9 or so fo...  read more »
  • It is a must to the Big Island visit the Cathedral of St. Bendict's Catholic Church known as the "Church painted" one of the major tourist attractions of the Hawaiian Island, inserted in the States and National Registers of Historic Places and visited each year by thousands of visitors, approximately 5 kilometres of Kealakekua, the town where he was murdered captain Cook. Once it was closest to the Ocean but to protect it, was moved to where is now high on the slopes of hills. It's a small masterpiece created between 1899 and 1904 by an imaginative Belgian priest, father John Berchmans Velghe, self-taught folk painter who lined with interesting, vibrant murals and to give depth to the tiny building behind the altar painted a trompe l'oeil inspired by Spanish Cathedral Burgos stirring the riot of colors Islanders the bizarre feeling of a slice of medieval Europe. The murals represent biblical scenes: Cain slaying Abel, the temptations of Christ ... and the columns become the ceiling in lush palm fans from which we can see the bright Hawaiian sky. Too bad the crowd and the strong light that penetrated inside the Windows they prevented from making adequate picture! The Cathedral is open to the public seven days a week, every week you play 5 masses and every second Sunday of the month is celebrated a mass in Hawaiian community followed by a festive breakfast. It is a place much loved and popular: visitors are greeted by volunteers kind and affectionate (and a little dog iroso and very cute), which offer you again a cup of the famous Kona Coffee and illustrate the history of the Church in Exchange for a small donation (1 or 2 dollars) which is also voluntary, for its maintenance. A donation to which visitors admired the bizarre and pleasurable experience feels morally obligated.
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  • This is a very pretty church with interesting paintings. Seemed very relaxed and charming. Quick stop to visit. 
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