St. Benedict’s Painted Church in Captain Cook Hawaii

I thought this might be a nice time of the year to post some photos I had taken on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is known as the Painted Church. It’s official name is St. Benedict’s.

The church was erected in 1899 by Father John Velghe of Belgium. With house paint on wood he painted the inside of the church with scenes from the bible. He used these to help teach his congregation of Hawaiians by referring to these paintings.

If you would like to read more on this church here is the site where you will find back ground, history, and directions how to find this out-of-the-way little church.

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2 comments on “St. Benedict’s Painted Church in Captain Cook Hawaii

  1. Yay! Some Belgian influence on Hawaii! Beautiful pictures!

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    • Even bigger influence was that of Father Damien who took care of the people inflicted with Hanson’s disease (once known as Leprosy) Maybe one day I can get over to the island of Molokai to do a blog on it. But there is much, much written about his selfless sacrifice he made in the care of those poor people.

      Thanks for popping in and having a look.
      Karen

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