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Our Hawaiian Vacation: Last Stop of Afternoon Trip Along Southern Kona Coast

This post continues details of our afternoon trip along the southern Kona Coast, which we enjoyed on our eighth day on the island of Hawaii (Monday, May 24th). Our first stop was at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church in the little village of Honaunau.  Our second (and last) stop was at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, or Place of Refuge at Honaunau as it is translated, preserves the site where Hawaiians who broke a kapu (one of the ancient laws) could avoid certain death by fleeing to this sanctuary. The offender would perform a ritual, be absolved by a priest and freed to leave. Defeated warriors and non-combatants could also find refuge here during times of battle.

D5243457 4x6Reconstructed Hale o Keawe

This Heiau (temple) was originally built by a Kona chief named Kanuha. After the death of Keawe, a great chief of Kona in the mid 16th century, his bones were entombed within the temple. The ali’i (nobility) of Kona continued to be buried here for 250 years.

P5243716 4x6Dorothy took this picture of Bob and me with three Ki’i (wooden images) that stand watch over the Hale o Keawe.

After walking the grounds of the Place of Refuge, we enjoyed a BBQ at the picnic area as well as the sight of a beautiful sunset.

D5243495 4x6John grilling chicken; Bob watching

D5243507 4x6Bob and I
(Note how our hair glows from the setting sun!)

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Another gorgeous Hawaiian sunset!

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I will close this post with a video that Bob prepared, which showcases some of the things that we saw and did while at the Place of Refuge. The video is a little long, 2 1/2 minutes. In the first minute Bob shows dolphins jumping in the ocean.

Hawaii 2010 VideoPlease click on image displayed above to play video.

Stay tuned! The next several blog posts will provide details and photographs of a two-day tour of the island of Hawaii.

11 Responses to “Our Hawaiian Vacation: Last Stop of Afternoon Trip Along Southern Kona Coast”

  1. Betsy from Tennessee

    Hi Linda, The Place of Refuge looks like the neatest place… Interesting how the warriors would go there for sanctuary/refuge…. Love the video.. Those dolphins really jumped straight out of the water, didn't they? Great picture of you and Bob –with the sun's light in your hair… AND–that sunset was amazing… Thanks for another great post.Hugs,Betsy

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  2. Stephen Tremp

    Very cool pictures. Been to Maui and the big island twice. Wifey's been to Kauai too. Glad you're having a good time. Life's too short. The dolphins are always cool too see. Thanks for the video.Stephen Tremp

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  3. Lorraina

    Loved seeing the spinner dolphins; they're so snoopy and cute. The Place of Refuge is a place that my Bob and i sort of reference and return to mentally when an apology, explanation or a new start is needed. Loved all your pics and music; now i really need to return to those peaceful shores.

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  4. Ciss B

    The place looks so peaceful! Oh, and the dolphins in the video area are almost jumping for joy! I bet there's fish out there!

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  5. Siromade/Animor

    That's an interesting trip, you must really enjoy the moments. I love all your photos from the palm tree view, sculpture and with your hubby together. Hope had a fun trip there.If you can visit my new blog please, or a favor to add my link and follow, I've added your link too.http://www.daygazers.blogspot.com

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  6. Denise

    What a very cool place to visit, great photos and I enjoyed the video very much. Thanks Linda. Thanks also for dropping by and wishing me a happy birthday the other day. I appreciated it very much.An English Girl Rambles

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  7. eileeninmd

    Beautiful photos of your trip , Linda! The temple look neat. I lvoe the picture of you and your hubby next to the statues.

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  8. Rose

    That Great Wall is amazing…and that moth you captured is pretty…enjoyed all the pics.

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