So you want to go to Hawaii, but you’re not sure what to do there. There’s far too little space here to show more than one or two faces of this popular destination, but here’s a plan for a daytrip along Kona Coast. It’s on the western coast of the Big Island.
Scuba-diving and snorkeling are top of the list for many tourists, and Kona Coast has many great beaches. Honaunau Bay is a favorite of divers for its clear waters and volcanic rock.
Spend some time in nearby Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park. This relatively small park is important in Hawaiian culture. In ancient times, everyone had to obey kapu, or codes of conduct, or be punished by death. However, if the offender could escape and reach Pu‘uhonua, they would be saved. Today, tourists can explore this site, which is still sacred.
Explore the sea life at Keauhou Bay. The waters here are a great place to dive with manta rays, some of which can grow to more than 5 meters from tip to tip. Diving with these glorious sea creatures, especially at night as flashlights shine on them, is an unforgettable experience.
Drive north to Hulihee Palace, which was built in 1838 as the summer vacation home for Hawaiian royalty. Inside, there’s a museum showing furniture and artifacts of the royalty, including war spears.
Finally, don’t miss out on tasting authentic Hawaiian cuisine. As well as traditional dishes like poi (mashed taro root), there are plenty of Japan-inspired treats, like spam musubi and shaved ice. (T)