Sunday, June 9, 2013
Kona Side of The Big Island
The Kona Side, or West Side, of the Island is known for its sparkling resorts, world-class golf courses, white sand beaches and homegrown Kona coffee! These coastal waters offer thrilling big-game sport fishing and jewel-box snorkeling, while the landscape, carved into an ancient lava flow, records the past in its sacred heiau (temples) and historic sites.
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, Hawaii's last "place of refuge," provide a look into early Hawaiian culture. Restored to its early 1700s appearance, step back into time and explore the many archeological sites including Keone'ele Cove, the royal canoe landing, as well as heiau (place of worship), halau (long house for canoes) and fishponds. Beautiful at sunset, this sacred place give visitors and important glimpse into Hawaiian culture.
Preserved as a Marine Life Conservation District, this bay is popular with divers, snorkelers and kayakers. The Captain Cook Monument is located at the north end of the bay, at the site of his death in 1779.
Friends of the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority (NELHA) offer public presentations at the Hawaii Gateway Energy Center in Kailua-Kona. Learn about Hawaii Island aquaculture, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) and ocean water desalination.
See the collection of fascinating artifacts at this museum. Once a summer vacation residence of Hawaiian royalty, the place features beautiful koa wood furniture from the past and a Hawaiian fishpond on the grounds. Moku'aikua Church built in 1820s, is located right across the street.
This small town of artists and art galleries sits above Kailua Village on the slopes of Hualalai. Formerly an agricultural center, it has evolved into a gathering place for artists inspired by the area's tranquil beauty. Stop at the galleries while strolling down the town's main street.
Restoration of this historic heiau (place of worship) was completed in December 2007. Experts rebuilt the massive stone platform that once stood for prayers. Carbon dating indicated it was built sometime between 1411 and 1465.
Ahu'ena Heiau sits on a small peninsula opposite the Kailua Pier. King Kamehameha I restored this shrine in 1812. It includes thatched structures, wooden images and a canoe landing.