ST. BENEDICT'S PAINTED CHURCH is a charming little chapel established in the 1800s as a Catholic worship center on the island.  The colorful frescos were painted on the walls and ceiling a hundred years later by Father Velge to display stories including the life of Christ and the concept of Hell -- a dramatic way to communicate Christian concepts.

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And today, natural enemies, like termites, age and wood rot are beginning to take a toll, but it's still a marvelous place to visit.  I especially enjoyed wandering through the historic cemetery filled with marble headstones, flowers, and native plants -- all facing west toward those inspiring Hawaiian sunsets.

 

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AuthorRich Monroe