On the afternoon of our eighth day in Hawaii (May 24), John and Dorothy took us to the little village of Honaunau along the southern Kona Coast. While in Honaunau, we visited the St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church and the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. Today’s blog post provides details and photographs of the St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church.
St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, or as it is commonly called “the Painted Church”, is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen.
The Painted Church was built in 1899 by Father John Velghe. It was he who painted the interior of the church. Father Velghe had no professional training as an artist.
Note the detail of the vaulted ceiling, as well as the supporting columns. The columns are octagonal and set on square pedestals. They are painted in such a way to resemble marble. Each column is encircled with a painted white ribbon on which are written the mottoes, in Hawaiian, of St. Benedict’s medal.
The side walls contain six paintings.
This map shows where the Painted Church is located.
If you would like to read more about the Painted Church, you may do so by clicking here.
My next blog post about our Hawaiian vacation will provide details and photographs of our visit to the Place of Refuge.