South Kona is a region located in the Big Island of Hawaii. Some of the nearby attractions in South Kona include Pu’uhonua O Honaunau and the Painted Church. It is the site where the famous British explorer, Captain Cook died in 1779. There is a vast network of mountain roads in this region. South Kona is known for the origins of the Kona coffee. Before coffee was introduced to South Kona, Reverend Samuel Ruggles brought cuttings of the coffee plants to Kealakekua. The Japanese farmers cultivate most of the farms in South Kona. The Japanese farmers use mills to process the coffee beans that are harvested from the coffee farms. If you want to visit the coffee farms, you can visit Highway 160. Coffee farms can also be found on the Kealakekua Bay slopes. While at South Kona, you can visit the Painted Church to view the biblical scenes about heaven and hell in the church. Father John Verge, a Belgium catholic missionary, paints the pictures in the Painted Church.
In Kealakekua Bay, you can visit the Hikiau Heiau. The Hikiau Heiau is located beneath the Napoopoo Road. The white stone monument at the Kealakekua Bay marks the death of Captain Cook. Captain Cook died because he fails to exchange hostage with the high chief Kalanioppuu because of a stolen cutter. Captain Cook accidentally came to Hawaii when he was in search of a northwest passage. There is a coastal road that connects to Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Park. Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Park used to be a sanctuary for people who break the kapu laws. If anyone manages to escape to the site, he will not be penalized no matter how serious his offence is.
While at the park, you are not allowed to eat the fruits. The people believe that the fruits are reserved for the Hawaiian gods so common people cannot eat them. In addition, women are not allowed to share a meal with men. The kapu system also control activities such as wood gathering, fishing season, animal hunting and hula. At the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Park, you will find many ancient fishponds. The ancient fishpond, also known as loko is used to raise fish a long time ago. Besides, there are also many thatched roof structures in the park. Heiau and ancient rock walls can also be found at the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Park.
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