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The Painted Churches of the Big Island



The Star of the Sea Painted Church is the nearest to our home and is located in Puna on the Pahoa Kalapana Road (Hwy 130). It has frescos and stained glass covering the interior. In 1990 an eruption from Kilauea destroyed Kalapana and had the little church next in its sites. The people banded together to move it out of the way just 45 minutes before the old site was covered by lava. Open daily 9am - 4pm, free.


St. Benedict's Painted Church is located on the other side of the Island and overlooks Kealakekua Bay in the Captain Cook area. This also happens to be in the heart of the Kona coffee growing region. You'll find it just off Highway 11 and Highway 160 at 84-5140 Painted Church Road. While it is an important historical site, it is still a vibrant parish, with outreach programs to take care of those in need and to provide medical services to the local community.


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Star of the Sea Painted Church                                 St. Benedict's Painted Church



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