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Old 01-21-2014, 03:28 PM   #181
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The Big Island does seem sparse on civilization as you all drive along, but Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park is beautiful and those statues are so interesting.
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Now that place is beautiful. I love the Tiki guys? Are those newly carved?
I'm not sure. It didn't say anything about them in the literature we got there. I've just had a look on the website and again they gave no details. They look new to me, although if they are, I'm sure they're replicas of historic carvings.
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The Big Island does seem sparse on civilization as you all drive along, but Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park is beautiful and those statues are so interesting.
It's definitely not the busy side of the island.
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Wednesday 6 November – part eight: exploring the rest of the park

This great wall really was something. It was built around 1550 and it separated the pu’uhonua from the palace area inland. It’s around 10 feet or three metres tall and 17 feet or five metres wide.



Here, you could still see plenty of lava. I tell you, you’re never far away from it.



This is the Ka’ahumana stone that Queen Ka’ahuman, favourite wife of Kamehameha I, hid under after having a row with her husband. Her barking dog gave her away, and her husband found her, and they made up.



Mark had been photographing birds and fish…



… while I stayed out of sun, but I tried my hand at it as well…



Then we walked back over to the Royal cove….



We were hoping to see some sea turtles, and eventually we spotted one…



Mark tells me there was a huge one, but I didn’t see him or the fish jumping out of the water, so no photos of either I’m afraid…

We wandered around the final part of the park…



…. seeing Konone, a traditional game, where pebbles are arranged on a stone surface. If you wanted to play, you could even ask for the rules at the visitor center, which was very neat.



… kanoa, bowls carved into the rock, which may have been used to hold evaporated ocean water to make salt, or pound the ‘awa root to make a ceremonial drink. The ‘awa root by the way is often used as medication for toothache, as it numbs the mouth.



We got a few final photos of the park…



.. and the people out at sea swimming and canoeing…



Next: can we get an earlier flight?
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Thanks for sharing all the photos and info on this park, so interesting!
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More scenic shots this morning! Love the different birds!
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Love the wildlife you and Mark spotted. Lava, lava everywhere! It looks in some places like the beaches with black volcanic rock on Aruba. The mythology of the Islands interests me so I love seeing the carvings. Any petroglyphs around?
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It's so interesting to see the tropical oasis, and then lava. Great photos of the birds too!
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I love the history. It seemed to capture the spirit of Hawaii.
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