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March 26, 2007

Hawai'i

July 1, 1999 - Honaunau/Kealakekua Day

This morning we visited Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. This is considered a place of refuge for many as the traditional Hawaiian lifestyle is preserved, from the ancient temples to the wooden carvings.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau


There was also a one of a kind spotted sand beach (it was white and black from the volcanoes). The park is also known for its preservation of sea turtles, which we saw. We were given traditional Hawai'ian religious performances, which I throughly enjoyed. However, the best part of the day had not yet come.

After visiting the national park, we headed to Keauhou Bay to catch a boat that took us to Kealakekua Bay to snorkel and swim. This bay is famous for having the Captain Cook monument. Captain Cook was the first Westerner to step foot on the Hawai'ian islands in 1778.

Captain Cook monument


Snorkeling was one of the most fun activities I have ever tried. There were many tropical fish that was amazingly close to you. The ocean floor was fairly deep and there was no coral, but there were still an abundance of brilliantly colored fish. I had an underwater camera and managed to get up close with several fish.

Fish while snorkeling


The night concluded by everyone staying in the water, but relocating into our hotel pool, and everyone went to Dairy Queen for ice cream on a hot Hawai'ian night.

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Posted by scheemo at March 26, 2007 01:42 AM