South Kona

Charming, quaint and enjoyable is how most describe, the area from Kealakekua south to the district boundary of Kau. The area is offers some of the more well-known cultural sites in the islands along with lots of island charm, ocean views and more. Spending a day in South Kona will typically mean a visit to the City of Refuge or Pu'uhonua o Honaunau. This site is now a national park but it is more importantly a Hawaiian cultural site that has preserved many structures formations and walls along with providing insight into the kapu system of justice that was practiced throughout the islands. The park offers a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in Hawaiian practices and culture along with enjoying picnicking, snorkeling and more. Also popular in South Kona are the snorkeling trips to Kealakekua Bay. The bay is one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. Historically it is known to be the bay where the "haole" first landed. The foreigners arrived via ship under the command of Captain James cook. It is also the site where it is believed that the Captain lost his life in a struggle with island warriors. Beaches here are few and far between in South Kona. However, Hookena Beach Park is one of the best in the area. Typically deserted during the week, this park is popular with area locals especially on weekends. The gray sand and gentle surf offer a wonderful spot to enjoy the sun, fish or picnic.

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