[Big Island Day 5] St Benedict’s Painted Church

St Benedict’s Painted Church is a Roman Catholic church in Honaunau, Hawaii. Its main feature is the frescoes with scenes from the Bible.

St Benedict’s Painted Church
St Benedict’s Painted Church and the frescoes

Big Island Day 5 Itinerary

What We Did

We stopped by this church when I was driving from downtown Kailua-Kona to South Point. The drive would take more than 90 minutes. The church was a perfect stop for me to have a break.

The church was completed in 1902 under the direction of the Belgian Catholic missionary Father John Velghe, who also painted the frescoes. They are depictions of scenes from the bible. Every corner of the church is filled with paintings, including the ceiling. The church is not as big or elegant as the ones in Europe, but I really loved the design and the atmosphere.

It only took us about 20 minutes to see the whole church. The admission was free, but we donated a few bucks to the church. The frescoes were not in a good shape, and they needed some donation for the repair.


St Benedict’s Painted Church is a good rest stop for people going south to South Point or Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. It is also close to Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park and Honaunau Bay. I recommend everyone to drop by and look at the art!

St Benedict’s Painted Church Info

Address: 84-5140 Painted Church Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96704, USA
Admission: Free

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