Star of the Sea Painted Church, Kalapana

#11 of 17 in Historic Sites in Island of Hawaii
The Star of the Sea Painted Church in Kalapana, Hawai'i was built in 1927-1928 under the direction of the Belgian Catholic missionary priest Father Evarist Gielen, who painted the upper section of the church interior.In 1990, the church was moved to its present location just ahead of an advancing lava flow. It is located on Highway 130 between mile marker 19 and 20, and is open to the public without charge seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Slow down for just a few minutes to enjoy the interior of this church. Beautiful murals turn this little church into a cathedral – a testament to the dedication of those who painted them.  more »
  • Interior walls are colorful and very pretty. However, a lot of ants feet in mind when walking indoors was walking.
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  • ... on your way to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Two Step Beach and Kealakekua Bay. The church is only five minutes off SR 160. It offers a beautiful vista of the Kona coast. The litt...  more »
  • Gorgeous little church. The mosaics inside were beautifully painted. The building seemed to extend quite a bit after the Alter but it was the way it had been painted that gave a visual illusion that it goes further on – very clever.
  • Cute little old church from old Hawaii!
  • This was really special and the talk by the resident clergy was outstanding, a place of worship with that special sense of history and artistic imagination .
  • So beautiful to see the old paints.
  • Interesting art
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