Category Archives: Hawaii

Basking in the Sun on Maui

Sun worshipers relish the warmth of the beach on Maui.
Sun worshipers relish the warmth of the beach on Maui.

When the temperatures are below freezing and you’re surrounded by snow and ice, time to head out to the beautiful island of Maui. Soft breezes, warm temperatures, golden sand beaches and aquamarine water seek to embrace you! You’ll find that beaches are less crowded to the North of Lahaina. The beach pictured is near Napili Kai Resort.

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.