Visit St. Benedict’s Painted Church in Honaunau on the Big Island of Hawaii. Built in 1899, the church is famous for its vibrant interior walls, covered in frescoes of biblical stories and tropical motifs. It was all hand-painted by self-taught folk artist Father John Velghe, whose work inspired others in the area to make similar churches. Notice the intricate Gothic architecture of the vaulted nave and detailed depictions of religious stories. St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church is still an active parish that delivers daily mass for its community of local parishioners, most who have lived in the Honaunau region for generations.