St Benedict's Painted Church Tours

An active Roman Catholic parish, St Benedict’s is a small but beautiful church set in South Kona overlooking Kealakekua Bay. The Painted Church is listed in the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places because of the paintings on the inside walls.

After erecting the church in 1899, Father John Velghe began painting the inside walls. A self-taught artist, his work was inspired by a gothic cathedral in Spain. Using ordinary house paint, Velghe painted biblical scenes until his health deteriorated and he returned to Belgium in 1904. 
At the time of Velghe’s painting, few Hawaiians could read, so the murals helped teach parishioners in addition to beautifying the site. The church was never completed, but you can see the unfinished panels when you go inside.

Mass is celebrated every day except Monday at St Benedict's. Many services are early in the morning, so if you are interested in attending mass, you should plan ahead. Visitors are welcome.

Practical Info

The Painted Church is easy or hard to get to, depending on who you talk to. Take Highway 11 and head toward the water onto Route 160 near mile marker 104. After about a mile, take the first right opposite the King Kamehameha sign. You’ll travel about a quarter of a mile on a winding, narrow road before coming to the church up a driveway on the right. There is no admission fee, but donations are always welcome.
Location
Address: 84-5140 Painted Church Rd, Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704, USA
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Hours: Mass: Tues, Thurs, Fri 7am; Sat 4pm; Sun 7:15am
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Ultimate Kona from Coffee to Culture Mercedes Tour

Tour the Big Island in style aboard a high-end Mercedes van during this 5-hour private VIP sightseeing trip covering the island’s history, wildlife and famous Kona coffee. Grab 11 friends, family or coworkers for a trip inside this luxury vehicle, making your first stop at Greenwell Farms, one of Hawaii’s oldest coffee plantations. You’ll also get a dose of Hawaiian history at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, learn about the Hawaiian voyages of Captain Cook and observe Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles at a nearby lagoon. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
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Kona Shore Excursion: Kona Historical Coast and Culture Tour with Coffee Plantation

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