The Big Island isnt only breathtaking scenery and beaches it also has a history and culture just waiting to be explored on a shore excursion. On this historical and cultural tour of Kona, youll take a step back in time to Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, which translates to Place of Refuge at Honaunau. In ancient Hawaii, residents who broke Hawaiis system of kapu (law) would receive death as punishment. The only option for survival would be to escape to the nearest puuhonua, or place of refuge.
Today, you can experience the peace of Puuhonua o Honoaunau National Historical Park, where ancient temples and kii (carved wooden images) hint at stories from the past. Stroll around this palm-covered sanctuary and enjoy the view of Honaunau Bay.
Continue your historical journey to St. Benedicts Painted Church, where Belgian-born Father Velghes three-dimensional paintings depict heroes from the Bible. This artwork served as an important teaching tool in a time when many people couldnt read and write. Father Velghe painted this church in 1842, and this parish continues the work Father Velghe began more than a century ago.
Finish your shore excursion at the Royal Kona Coffee Visitor Center, where youll see how coffee cherries are processed into delicious Royal Kona coffee. Enjoy the view of Kealakekua Bay in the distance and savor a sample of Kona coffee.
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We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Kona Pier for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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