Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Hawaii and Cruise, Day 5

Posted in art, cruise, Hawaii trip, Jason Gray by Jason Gray on May 3, 2015

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A beautiful sunrise over distant mountaintops greeted our ship as it cruised into the harbor of Kona-Kailua on Hawaii (the “Big Island”). After tendering ashore, we joined the group again for another bus tour, this time to visit the Royal Kona Coffee factory, St. Benedict’s Painted Church, and Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (the Place of Refuge). When the tour completed, we explored the town of Kona-Kailua.

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Royal Kona Coffee factory:

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St. Benedict’s Painted Church:

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Pu’uhonua o Honaunau on Honaunau Bay is an ancient Hawaiian religious and governance site. Pu’uhonuas were sacred locations charged with the protective mana of ancestral ali’i (kings). Once found throughout Hawaii, they offered a place of refuge to individuals seeking asylum from harm. This included soldiers defeated in battle, violators of kapu (tribal laws), and others. Even the great Hawaiian kings were powerless to extricate those sheltered there. Surrounding this Pu’uhonua were the Royal Grounds of several centuries of ali’i, including Kamehameha I and II.

Pu’uhonua o Honaunau:

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In talking to Hawaii vacationers, the Big Island often gets a bad rap (or goes unmentioned except for volcanoes), so my wife and I were really surprised by Kona-Kailua. This little town has so much to do and see, and its vibe is much more what we expected Maui to be like. If you have a soft spot in your heart for a rough around the edges, coastal village in paradise with an artsy, laid back mentality, you should definitely pay this place a visit.

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