Big Island, Hawaii

August 24 - August 30 2006



Day 1


Pu`uhonua o Honaunau

(Place of Refuge)

This area, surrounded by lava rock walls,

served as a place of refuge, or sanctuary in ancient Hawaii.

Minor law-breakers and refugees of war could seek safety and

redemption by arriving here before their pursuers.











"The Painted Church"

This small Catholic church (St. Benedict's) became

"The Painted Church" after Fr. John Velge decorated its interior

between 1899-1904 to communicate Bible stories to

non-English-speaking Hawaiians.




Bayview Kona Coffee Farm




Kealakekua Bay 


Captain James Cook was the first British explorer to

reach the Hawaiian Islands.  Originally mistaken for the God Lono,

Cook was killed here in 1779 during a misunderstanding.

A monument sits across the bay on a small plot of

land which is officially British soil, as deeded by Princess Likelike.


Hale Ho`ola B&B


Some pictures from the Hale Ho 'ola Bed and Breakfast.

The breakfasts and views were outstanding.

We had a private lanai, and yes those are pictures of a

feral pig and a gecko lizard!  The pigs kept their distance, but

the lizards joined us for breakfast every morning.






Day 2


Drive from Kona to Volcano



Volcanoes National Park

Crater Rim Drive






Volcanoes National Park

Walking through the Thurston Lava Tube


Volcanoes National Park

Driving down Chain of Craters Road



Volcanoes National Park

Walking over recent lava flows to view the active Pu'u 'O'o Vent!







Day 3


Space Observatories on Mt. Mauna Kea

13,796 ft










Day 4


Strolling along Ali'i Drive in Kona






Historic Fish Ponds

at Makaiwa Bay













Last Day


Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

on Southeast Corner of Island






Volcanoes National Park

We returned to the Volcanoes National Park on our last day

to hike the Kilauea Iki Crater!  This is a frozen lake of lava

that solidified only 11 years ago.















South Point

This is the southern-most point of the entire United States.






Josť jumps off South Point!



There he is in the water below...





Just kidding - that was some other crazy guy who jumped,

Here we are high and dry...


This is the actual South Point - a few steps south from where the pictures above were taken...




Watching the sunset at Hale Ho`ola B&B