~ Day 6 – Today we dicided not to drive nearly as much as yesterday. Instead, we took a short drive down south on highway 160 just past Honaunau Bay to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. There we visited the sanctuary and took a walk-about.
In ancient Hawaian times if a person broke a “Kapu” (taboo or law) you would most likely have been put to death. The only way to avoid that fate was to escape to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau or sanctuary. If you did so, then the priest would forgive you your crime(s) and you could return home with no repercussions.
This was a spectacular place had 8 foot high walls made from lava rock that have stood for 700 years surrounding it. There was white fine gravel all over the paths, royal fish ponds and beaches for green sea turtles to rest on.
We also listened to a presentation by one of the park reps who had told us a few stories and legends about the place and times. He also played the nose flute for us. The name and its use sound a bit odd but it made wonderful music. I recommend this place if you can make your way down here.
On a side note, my wife had purchased an app for 7.99 that we synced with the blue-tooth of our rented car and were able to be given a guided tour through the app that uses the GPS of your phone and the speakers of your car. It was great.
We also wrapped up our trip with a stop at the Donkey Balls store. It’s pretty much a candy shop specializing in chocolate covered nuts or flavored chocolate. There were other flavors of course but to many to disclose. If on the big island, you should make a point of stopping in. On a final note, the cashier said as we were checking out, “Do you need a sack for your balls?” I am totally serious. She kept a stright face the whole time. When we started talking to her about it she did come forward and said it never got old. Most people just laugh.
Here are a few pics: