Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, Big Island Hawaii

Place of Refuge, Big Island Hawaii
Place of Refuge, Big Island Hawaii

The Honaunau Bay on Big Island Hawaii is home to the Pu’honua o Honaunau, a national historic park which showcases and preserves ancient Hawaiian traditions that were established centuries ago.

Pu’uhonua, a massive wall,  was built for defeated warriors and those who violated kapu, the sacred laws. It became a place of refuge and sanctuary that gave the offenders a second chance.

In 1819, Kamehameha II abolished traditional religious practices and many sites and temples were destroyed. A century later, in the 1920s, Pu’honua became a county park and in 1961, it became a national historical park. It is truly a beautiful place and well worth visiting when on the Kona Coast of Big Island Hawaii.





Big Island–Big Volcano

Mt. Kilauea Eruption
Kilauea Eruption

One of the best ways to take dramatic photos of  the continually active Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is to go on a twilight tour of the Hawaii National Volcanoes National Park with the tour company, Hawaii Forest & Trail (808-331-8505). Their expert guides take you up close and personal to allow you to see the orange glow of lava on Kilauea.

To capture the drama and intensity of the nightly volcanic eruptions, use your tripod and set  your camera on manual to control your aperature and shutter speed. I shot this photo with my  Canon 7D at 100  ISO and  used my 100-400 mm lens to pull in the details. My aperture worked best at F9  with a slow shutter speed at 30 seconds. I also used a cable release which helps immensely when doing night shots.