Our Big Island Adventure: Part VII

I was still floating on cloud 9 after spending time with the sea turtles and having my toes covered in warmth from the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.  I had a feeling that moment in time would be etched in my memory for all of eternity.  As we continued on our way to the West coast of the Big Island, we once again noticed the vastly changing landscape. From volcanoes to tropical forests to beautiful beaches, the Big Island seemed to have it all!

This sign made me chuckle! We have deer crossings in Michigan, but not cow crossings.
We were at our next historical destination: Pu’uhonua O Honaunau.  This historic park, preserving aspects of traditional Hawaiian life, is located on the black lava flats of the southern Kona coast.  Its position on the Honaunau Bay gave way to a sheltered canoe landing and fresh drinking water.  Because of these factors, this sea-side shelter became the most important residence to many royal chiefs.


The royal grounds were separated from the surrounding area by a massive wall, originally 10 feet high and 17 feet thick, built in 1550.  Outside the wall became a refuge for defeated warriors.

Saltwater fishing pools held fish to be eaten by the chiefs.

A temple model, wood tied with coconut fiber.  Leaves form the roof thatching.

Konane: a traditional Hawaiian game

So peaceful…

Hale o Keawe – These wooden images stand watch over this rebuilt temple and mausoleum that once held the bones of 23 noble chiefs. 

Exploring this six-acre temple compound, dating from the 16th century, was a beautiful and peaceful experience. 
We continued our journey along the West coast of the Big Island, making our way to our final resort, located in the North Kohala District.  For the next three days, our plan was to slow down, relax and celebrate our wedding anniversary!

Who doesn’t love a little snorkel action!  Even better, we swam with a sea turtle! 

We cleaned up ok!  It was time for a beautiful anniversary dinner with Wifey!

The sunset was amazing!

An anniversary gift from our resort.  YUM!
Now don’t think our adventure is over just yet!  If you haven’t figured it out by now, Wifey and I don’t sit well!  We found a way to do a bit more exploring, even during our “relaxing” part of the trip.

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~Miriam Beard

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


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