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Our Hawaiian Vacation: Sightseeing Along the Southern Kona Coast

Breakfast was the first order of the day on Friday, September 7th.

Dorothy, Bob and I ate breakfast at Splasher’s Grill in downtown Kona.

20180907_182059304_iOSThe three of us at Splasher’s Grill

20180907_182917332_iOSThis was my breakfast. It tasted as good as it looks!

After breakfast we went for a drive along the southern Kona Coast.

Our first stop was at Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, from where we could see the Captain Cook Monument way across the Kealakekua Bay.

_LG28189Captain Cook Monument

It was near this spot in 1779 that Captain James Cook was killed by the Hawaiians. If interested in reading about the life and death of Captain Cook you may do so by clicking here.

Our second stop was at the 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.

_LG28198Hale 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.

_LG28195Three Young Men Playing Konane (Hawaiian Checkers)

There were several Ki’i (wooden images) throughout the park.  I will share a few of them with you.

_LG28196
a tall Ki’i

_LG28197a Ki’i looks out to sea

20180907_101825Dorothy took a picture of Bob and me with two Ki’i that guard the Hale o Keawe.

Here is one last photograph from Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park.

_LG28206An expansive view of the park grounds

 

Our third, and final, sightseeing stop of the day was at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, also located in Honaunau.

_LG28221The exterior of the church is noted for the belfry and the lattice work entry.

_LG28219St. Benedict’s Catholic Church Cemetery

St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, which was built in 1899 by Father John Velghe, is commonly called “the Painted Church”.

_LG28218Father Velghe painted the interior of the church.
He had no professional training as an artist.

Leaving Honaunau, we made our way back to John and Dorothy’s home in Kona.  We returned home around 3:00 pm.  Between the time we left Honaunau and arrived home, though, we did some shopping.  There is a story to tell about our afternoon, and I will save it for another blog post.

2 Responses to “Our Hawaiian Vacation: Sightseeing Along the Southern Kona Coast”

  1. Betsy

    Love that church… When I lived in TX–we visited a group of little Catholic Churches called “The Painted Churches”….. The one you saw in Hawaii reminded me of those little churches in TX….. Gorgeous!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    Reply

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