Known as Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, this place of refuge on the Big Island’s western coast is described by the National Park Service as representing, “A Furious Journey of Life or Death.”
The place of refuge was literally a place for people to seek refuge after breaking the law and escaping heavy penalties levied by anyone who witnessed the transgression.
Today it is one of the most accurately reconstructed places of refuge in Hawaii and a national park.
About three times a year upcountry Kona is covered in snow–or at least what looks like snow. read more
Most often referred to simply as, “The Painted Church,” this small, uniquely adorned church in Honaunau on Hawaii’s Big Island is formally named St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church. read more
Burlap bags have been used in many countries for hundreds of years to hold coffee beans. These bags, hung on a drying rack, each wait to be filled with around 100 pounds of one of the world’s best coffee beans–100% Arabica from the Kona, Hawaii region. read more
This stand of coconut palms on the beach at Honaunau on Hawaii gives a sense of rugged tropical paradise. read more
Shining over the ocean, through coffee trees, and between ti leaves, coffee shack sunsets are a thing of beauty. read more
Kona Coffee is known as some of the best coffee on the planet. The unique growing environment on Hawaii’s Kona coast affords just the right conditions to add more flavor and sweetness than other areas. read more
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park is home to several pieces of Hawaiian history including these two ki’i. The ki’i (wooden statues with a human form) act as guardians to the bay and the nearby heiau (temple). read more
Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles–honu in Hawaiian–are fun, handsome examples of Hawaii’s lively ocean habitat. Their docile appearance and sun-bathing creates a relaxing and engaging time. read more
Old Hawaiian coffee lands fill the hillsides of the the Big Island from Kona to Ka’u. This field is in upcountry Honaunau where the land is rich from volcanic flows and the seasonal temperatures… read more