Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Inside the Painted Church

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Inside the Painted Church

Just a couple miles away from the place where we stayed in Captain Cook is the St Benedict's Catholic Church, aka "The Painted Church".  The image here is an 11-shot panorama.

The images painted on the walls and the ceilings depict life and death as well as scenes from the Bible.  The altar and the left side depict life.  The right side and the rear of the church depict death. If you look at the palm fronds in the ceiling arches, you can see that the ones that point to the front are green (alive with life), while the ones that point to the back are brown (dying or dead).  The priest who founded the church used these paintings as a way to explain the bible to those who could not read. 

Here is more from Wikipedia: 
Saint Benedict's Catholic Church (also called simply The Painted Church[1]) is a parish of the Roman Catholic Church in Honaunau, Hawaii. It was built between 1899-1902 under the direction of the Belgian Catholic missionary Father John Velghe, who then painted frescoes along the interior ceiling and walls. An untrained folk-artist, Fr. Velghe depicted various biblical scenes, such as Cain's murder of Abel, Jesus refusing the Devil, and the writing on the wall, as well as a vivid illustration of sinners in Hell.[3] While the building itself is small and rectangular, Fr. Velghe painted Gothic vaults above the altar, creating the illusion of a European Gothic cathedral, inspired particularly by Burgos Cathedral.[1] Several other priests learned from Velghe and went on to establish other 'painted churches', including Star of the Sea Painted Church, painted by Father Evarist Gielen.[4]
St. Benedict's continues to be an active Roman Catholic church in the Diocese of Honolulu, vicariate of West Hawaii, holding five masses per week.[5] It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is open to the public for viewing seven days a week.

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Inside Painted Church
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Rocks and Waves

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Rocks and Waves

We stayed on the islands of Maui and Hawaii during our vacation.  Maui was first and our accommodations was a VRBO in Kihei.  One afternoon, Eileen and I went down to Kamaole Beach Park II where I tried to get some ocean sunset pictures.  This is one of those.

It's a combination of three or four different photos masked together.  It was hard to get the waves to crash at the right time in various places in the shot, so I took a bunch of different ones when the waves hit the rocks in different spots and then put together a few of the best ones.

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RocksandWaves
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Captain Cook Sunset 02

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Captain Cook Sunset 02
Here is another view of the pool and the awesome sunset over the ocean as seen from our lanai in Captain Cook, Hawaii.

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Lanai Sunset
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Captain Cook Sunset 01

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Captain Cook Sunset 01

We had a fantastic trip to Hawaii!  This was an early 25th wedding anniversary present to Eileen and myself.  Our anniversary is actually on July 11th, but we wanted to go to Hawaii in February to see the whales and that did not disappoint!  What a great anniversary and here's to 25 more, Eileen!  I love you with all my heart and Happy Valentine's day, too!

Our good friends, Valerie, Ellen and Theresa went along with us and they made the trip a great one as well! We stayed on the islands of Maui and (the big island of) Hawaii.  I think the place we stayed on Hawaii was the best!  This was the view as the sun was setting from the pool below the main house.

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Capt Cook Pool Sunset 01
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