On Hawaii's Big Island (Christmas 2005)

At Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.
The park includes both the royal grounds, the home of the royal chiefs (ali'i) of Kona, and the Pu'uhonua (place of refuge), where up until the 19th century Hawaiians who broke a kapu (sacred law), defeated warriors, and non-combatants, could flee for sanctuary. Check out the Pu`uhonua o Honaunau virtual tour.
These structures, called halau, are working areas where canoes, tools, and weapons were made.
A view inside one of the halau.
Hale o Keawe was built in honor of Chief Keawe-'i-kekahi-ali'i
-o-ka-moku, the great grandfather of Kamehameha I. It was built to house the bones of Keawe-'i-kekahi-ali'i-o-ka-moku and other chiefs (ali'i) who became dieties when they died. Hale o Keawe replaced 'Ale'ale'a as the temple (heiau) of asylum at the pu'uhonua. As the years went on, the bones of other ali'i were placed inside the temple and by 1829, there were 23 sets of bones.
Wooden carved images (Ki'i) stand watch over the reconstructed temple. Offerings (ho'okupu) to the dieties were placed on the tower (lele).
The original statue of King Kamehameha I in Kapaau, the birthplace of King Kamehameha I.
Tropical Dreams in Hawi has the best ice cream ever!
Ludvik where the lava flowed onto the Chain of Craters Road.
Hiking on the lava
At the roped-off area on the southern end of the lava near where a 40+-acre delta collapsed on November 28, 2005. (See the USGS Kilauea Website for more information.) Steam from the lava flowing into the ocean can be seen in the background.
A closer view of the steam from the lava flowing into the ocean.
Now that's a beer!
Kahalu'u Beach Park has some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island.
One of the turtles and some fish at Kahalu'u
Another turtle at Kahalu'u
More turtle shots
A turtle with some of the many fish you can see at Kahalu'u
The view from the condo's lanai includes Kailua Bay in the distance.
Another view from the condo's lanai shows the unusually high surf.

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