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The Painted Church
 
Many people take Hwy 11 south from Kailua to Hwy 160 at the Honaunau post office down to the Pu'uhonua City of Refuge National Park and go right on by the turn off for the painted church. A little more than a mile from the post office is a turnoff on the right side of the road that parallels the main road for a short distance. Less than mile down that road on the right is the Painted Church! Click for map. When I was younger back in 1985 I would bike from Captain Cook and take this turn off which connects with Middle Ke'ei Road and Napo'opo'o Road making a circuit back to Captain Cook. (pictures taken March, 2001)
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Here is the front of St. Benedict's Painted Church. You may find no one on duty and have the wonderful church all to yourself. There is a stand out front with lots of interesting knick-knacks (many religious) to browse. If you want one you just leave the amount of money posted for it and then just take the item!

Now you get an idea of how colorful it is when you first enter. Very delightful! There are post cards you can pay for at the door for a quarter. In the bright Kona sun I am afraid the colors are fading somewhat over time so get here soon!

There are many murals on the wall of biblical or historic importance. Here is the vision St. Francis of Assisi had of the cross. I walked the path up Mt. Subasio from Assisi in Italy to the little grotto retreat cave of St. Francis and it really is much smaller.

This is a mural depiction of "The Handwriting on the Wall" from the bible (Dan 5:1 to 5:31). Pictured is Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans being shown the words by Daniel.

Looking back out of the church towards the ocean you can see what a beautiful spot was chosen for the church. It just occurred to me that I should stop by here at sunset and get some photos. The well behaved dog was my only guide this morning.