Kalakekua Bay/Puuhonua o Honauau (Place of Refuge)

Trip Start Jun 01, 2005
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Trip End Aug 04, 2006


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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

This was one of my favorite days I spent in Hawaii... Visitors to the Big Island pay attention!

In the early morning, drove South down past Kona to Kealakekua Bay. Once there, rented a kayak & snorkeling gear from guys at the dock and took a short 1/2 hour paddle across the bay to get to the Captain Cook monument. One on shore, had a snack then did some AMAZING snorkeling for about an hour. Tons of fish, clear and warm water...what more could you ask for? After snorkeling, wandered to the monument, took photos, then relaxed a bit more before heading back across the bay... A very enjoyable little trip, even without seeing the spinner dolphins the bay is known for!

After Kalakekua Bay, headed a few minutes further south to Puuhonua o Honauau (Place of Refuge), a national historic site. Wandered around the pleasant grounds reading about the history of the area and looking at the series of little exhibits. It was nice to feel like I was learning something amidst the (wonderful) lazing around on perfect white sand beaches.

Finished up the day with dinner at a cafe in Kona... Great day!
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