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.
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.
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.
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.
There were several Ki’i (wooden images) throughout the park. I will share a few of them with you.
Here is one last photograph from Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park.
Our third, and final, sightseeing stop of the day was at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, also located in Honaunau.
St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, which was built in 1899 by Father John Velghe, is commonly called “the Painted Church”.
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.