Advendture Isle – Big Island, Hawai’i
KONA-KOHALA – AHU’ENA HEIAU
A thatched shrine built and restored on an artificial island in Kamakahonu (Eye of the Turtle) is guarded by wooden images (ki’i). King Kamehameha I settled here in 1812 and maintained his royal residence until his death in 1819. King Kamehameha dedicated Ahu`ena Heiau, a temple of prosperity, to Lono, god of fertility. Significant history was made on the royal compounds when Liholiho, who became King Kamehameha II dined with the great queens Keopuolani and Ka`ahumanu breaking one of the most rigorous kapu. This bold act brought on the abandonment of the ancient kapu system and opened the door to Christianity. Located near Kailua Pier 75-5660 Palani Rd. Free.
Two-story Victorian estate made of lava, koa wood and coral mortar was commissioned by Hawai’i’s second governor John Adams Kuakini and built in 1838. The palace served as a vacation residence for Hawaiian monarchs until 1914. King Kalakaua used the mansion in the 1880s as his summer palace. Today it houses a collection of royal Hawaiian relics, beautiful furniture and rare collections. Located 75-5718 Ali’i Drive.
PU’UHONUA O HONAUNAU
Also known as Place of Refuge, this national historical park served as a safe haven in times of war and was also a place of cleansing for kapu breakers. Wooden images of Hawaiian native gods (ki`i), temples and heiau on the sacred grounds of the beautiful and serene beachfront sanctuary make this a must-see historical park. Because ancient Hawaiians believed that if the spirit was not fed then it would drift away, kahuna and others left food offerings in the temple. Today with the revival of Hawaiian customs, you may see offerings of food on the tower (lele) at Hale O Keawe. Picnic tables, fascinating tidepools, sandy sunbathing area and a popular snorkel spot, Two-step, are also nearby. Four miles south of Kealakekua Bay on Rte 160.
LAPAKAHI STATE HISTORICAL PARK
Travel back in time and walk the self-guided tour through the ruins of an ancient fishing village. Displays show early Hawaiian life of fishing, salt gathering, legends games and shelter. Located off Route 270.
PUAKO PETROGLYPHS FIELD
View hundreds of ancient Hawaiian art form with warriors, surfers, outriggers and numerous themes. Nearby is Malaga Petroglyph Trail. Located off the trail of Mauna Lani Resort off North Kaniku Dr.
Built by King Kamehameha to honor his family war god, Ku and to fulfill the prophecy of uniting the Hawaiian Islands. Located off Hwy 270 in Kawaihae.