Located in the Kona coffee growing area on the Big Island, Star of the Sea Painted Church is a place absolutely worth stopping for. Don’t miss it if you are nearby, the church is a beautiful piece of architecture.
The stunning Star of the Sea Painted Church
We spotted this church while searching for the lava flow on the Big Island. It was a lovely day and on our arrival the blue sky produced a stunning backdrop while the church, painted pale green, created a calm and welcoming atmosphere.
It was such a wonderful view from afar that we couldn’t not stop and not have a look at this building up close, and so we did. It was dead silent around and so peaceful. We had a good wander around and took out time to explore the outside as well as the inside of this beautiful little church painted in pastel colour.
We found out that it’s a Catholic church, built in 1927-1928, which was under supervision of the missionary, Father Evarist Gielen from Belgium, who also painted the upper part of the interior. The walls and the ceiling of the church painted with biblical scenes, are quite vivid and very impressive.
I especially loved the optical centre piece, it seems like the altar continues deep into the church, but it’s just an illusion. Very clever trick to make the inside seem larger than it really is.
Saved from the lava flow
Apparently this church was saved by the local Hawaiians from the lava flow. It was moved just in time from it’s original location and relocated in its present spot.
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