Friday, April 19, 2013

South of Kona

Just south of Kona is one of the coolest places on the island - Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, or Place of Refuge. It was used for centuries as a sanctuary for those who had violated a kapu, or sacred rule.

Many wooden images stand guard around the grounds.

The do look pretty scary!

I tried to teach them to smile, but it didn't work.

The refugees amused themselves by playing a Hawaiian form of checkers.

To get around here over sand and lava in a wheelchair, you need some pretty serious wheels!

They had a native craftsman working here. I questioned whether he had any pants on, but was too chicken to find out for sure.

Another stop south of Kona was Kealakekua Bay. This is a great snorkeling spot if you come on a tour boat, but not from the land.

On the far side of the bay, if I really zoom in, you can see the Captain Cook Monument. This is where he was killed, after he returned to fix his broken boat.

There is also a sacred temple here.

Since you aren't allowed to climb on it, we had to be pretty inventive to get a shot.

I was expecting something like the ruins in the southwest, but it just looked like a pile of rocks to me. Not too exciting, but I have something really exciting in mind for the next post. Stay tuned!


  1. More exciting than the snorkeling with the Manta Rays? Now I can't wait! :c)

  2. Those wheel chairs are something else!! They need motors on them so the riders could have races in the sand. Neat post.

  3. I would like one of those wooden images to stand guard on my RV.
    Enjoying your Hawaii trip.

  4. I don't know ... looks like you might have had a tiny bit of success teaching those statues how to smile ... at least the one on the right seems to be grasping the concept and making an attempt ;-)

  5. I missed the santuary when I was there years ago. Now I have a reason to go back.


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