Panaluu, Kalae, & Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau
I am disheartened after writing quite a bit of this post just to have it deleted so hear goes round two most likely more brief. When we woke up this morning we really didn’t have any kind of plan for the day but we know from experience that three months isn’t long enough to really waste any time and still see the things we hope to see while we are here. We thumbed through the guide book and decided to see another one of the national parks that just happened to be near Kona on the other side of the island. We were driving along just minding the GPS when we saw a sign for a black sand beach. Although we have seen black sand we had not yet been to a black sand beach and it was on the top of Hannah’s most want to do in Hawaii list, so we turned and checked it out. Panaluu County Black sand beach was a hit. The smell of BBQ was in the air. Hammocks hanging on the coconut palms.
From there we kept on towards the west side. Then Chad made a turn off the main road…where was he going? I don’t usually ask right away because often it becomes obvious, but the GPS kept chirping directions at us so I asked if Chad wanted me to turn it off. It was a small one lane road. And the scenery was perfect.
We had talked about seeing the green sand beach at breakfast, but it requires a hike and it was lunch time and we hadn’t packed a lunch. That is not where Chad was going he was taking us to the most southern point in the United States! Yay so fun! A whole bunch of people were there. Not to say they had been to this point, but to cliff jump. It was kind of fun to watch them.
That was a fun detour!
Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park was surprisingly awesome. I wasn’t really sure what to expect and we were a little grouchy and hungry it was 2:00pm and we still had not had lunch, there aren’t that many places to stop for food on the drive around the southern tip of the island. We got in on the 2:30 ranger talk which was hilarious and gave us the jest of the history of this historic park. It was a safe haven called by many “city of refuge” a reference from the Bible. Where people could go to find sanctuary if they were guilty of breaking the sacred laws (kapu).
I could live in a bungalow here.
A day of fun surprises!