The Rambling Writer Visits the Big Island, Hawaii, part 6: Painted Church Road

Join Thor and me as we enjoy the Big Island’s beautiful Painted Church and more highlights along the road.

NOTE: After way too many months without travel, Thor insisted on an R&R escape to Hawaii this April. He’d been keeping on eye on the very careful Covid-19 precautions in the islands, and the testing required before flying there. And now that we’re both fully vaccinated, we took the plunge – literally, for some snorkeling in the healing sea, as well as exploring the Big Island and Kauai. After this detour (series started April 24), I promise I’ll finish up my Virtual Italy Vacation series soon!

Back and forth from our favorite snorkeling spot at Honaunau Bay next to the Place of Refuge (see previous posts), we’d been noticing the sign for an almost-hidden turnoff to Painted Church Road. So after we finished a seaside picnic the second time, we headed up to check it out.

On this part of the coast, the hillsides are lush with tropical plants overhanging the narrow road. I’ve never before seen a palm tree grow in circles!

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The Rambling Writer Visits the Big Island, Hawaii, part 6: Painted Church Road — 8 Comments

  1. I can’t tell if “mene mene tekel upharsin” is actually on the wall! What fabulous paintings!

    There’s one of those curving palms at a neighbor’s. Looks so odd!

    I really look forward to the volcano and the petroglyphs!

  2. It was a sweet church and the locals seem very invested in maintaining it. The fees for the parking lot at our snorkel spot went to the church.

    • Oh, yes, I forgot about the fun old guy we called Mango Jam, who manned the shelter beside the parking at the snorkel spot. He was friendly and garrulous, and explained why all his world travels had led him right back here to Paradise.