Dragonfly Ranch - Healing Arts Center

P.O. Box 675, 19 miles south of Kailua-Kona on Hwy. 160, Honaunau, Hawaii, 96726, United States
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Travel from island to island in hawaii

by khoff

I need help i have a group of 50 people going to Hawaii in Honolulu and i need to find a way of transportation from Honolulu to maui can you please help?

Re: Travel from island to island in hawaii

by BlueCollar

Considering that your only option is to island-hop via air carrier, I believe your next call should be to one of them. I hope you know that O`ahu, where honolulu is located, and Maui are two separate islands. Since you have 50 people a private charter could do. However, I'm not sure the private charters that are available can accommodate that many on one trip in a single plane. But you could certainly try.

Travel Tips for Honaunau

Lava Tube near Pu`uhonua `o Honaunau

by BlueCollar

On the Big Island

On the west side of the island just south of Pu`uhonua `o Honaunau, you will find this lava tube. It's just south of the park along the coastal trail.

What's a lava tube, you ask? As large lava rivers flow across the ground, the outer portion cools and hardens. On larger, high volume flows, this 'shell' insulates the molten lava inside and it keeps flowing downhill. We have read that the insulation is so good that the 2000 degree Fahrenheit lava loses minimal temperature even after a couple miles of flowing. The floor of the tube is eaten away by the flowing molten rock (click on the picture above and look at the previous rock layers on the lower wall) and the tube grows downwards. Then when and if the lava flow is abruptly cut off, the lava drains away just like a garden hose after the water is turned off and leaves these caverns.

This particular tube was large enough for us to stand up inside. However, the center section required us to almost crawl to get through. But you cannot crawl on your hands and knees very easily because of the sharp `a`a lava floor (very coarse, sharp rock). Be sure to click on the photo for the larger view. There is a close up of the ceiling, which is rather unique, in my Travel Logue. You'll see how the molten rock just dripped away from the ceiling and left little whips like you'd find on a meringue pie. This particular tube abruptly ends about 20' above the water where it was deep enough for us to jump in. However, we did not see an easy exit point from the water had we done so. We did not indulge, but others apparently have.

While we stood at the end of the tube over the water, a boat entered another tube below us. Here is my video of our encounter: http://youtube.com/watch?v=g3eLLdK0vPQ

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park

by BlueCollar

Pronounced: pooh-ooh-ho-nooh-uh o ho-now-now. Translated, it means: place of refuge at Honaunau. It's located on the coast in the South Kona district. It is one of the most complete restorations of an ancient Hawaiian religious sanctuary in the State of Hawaii. Centuries ago kapu-breakers and defeated warriors were granted refuge here, if they made it, and were absolved of all their wrong-doing.

By 1820, King Kamehameha II had abolished the kapu system and the place was soon abandoned.

The grounds of the oceanside park are beautiful. You must be respectful since this area is considered sacred.

For fun, stand by the water's edge and count the sea turtles feeding here. Also, see my other listing about a lava tube that exits over the ocean that you can explore near here.

Admission is not always collected but you can still donate.

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Gateway to the Place of Refuge

by Nor_Cal_Brad

"The Place of Refuge is Spectacular!"

Honaunau is a city just up the hill from the Place of Refuge. This was one of the first places that we visited on the Big Island, and I would recommend this as one of the things you must see when you're here. As great as this place looks in the pictures, the digital images don't do the real view justice. There is a visitor information center here where you can learn the interesting history of the Place of Refuge and the Royal Grounds.

"The Royal Grounds"

Located behind a thick wall made of lava rock, the Royal Grounds are separated from the rest of the Place of Refuge. When the Hawaiian royalty lived here a couple hundred years ago, there were many small, raised "huts" instead of one large palace.

"Travel Tip - Snorkeling here!"

If you are already parked at the visitor center and have brought your snorkeling gear with you in the car, grab your gear and go for a short walk down the road (past the school) where snorkeling is permitted.

Pu`uhonua `O Honaunau

by BlueCollar

Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park (poo-oo-ho-noo-uh o ho-now-now). It's on the west side of the Big Island south of Kona. It's sometimes referred to as the Place of Refuge (that is the translation of Pu`uhonua).

Many things of old Hawai`i were considered kapu.....against the law. You could never let your shadow cross that of an ali`i, which is a high chief, or allow a man and a woman to eat together. These are but a few kapu that were punishable by death. And if your crime was too severe, your whole family was executed. But if you could manage to outrun your pursuers and make it to this temple you could perform a few rituals with the priest and all was forgiven. Also, warriors who lost in combat would come here for forgiveness.

This National Park sits on the actual historic grounds and is the most authentically recreated temple on any of the islands. It was in use into the 1800's until King Kamehameha outlawed the kapu system. This place of refuge ceased to be needed and was abandoned.

Click here for my travel tips on this beautiful place.

Click here for the National Park Service website.

The more you explore the islands, the more you'll run into the name Bishop. This prominent family still has holdings of land to this day that cover much (if not most) of the State. As this plaque at the Park atests to, the Bishops donated this land to the people.

Don't forget to check my travelogues for this place. They are here and here. The second one is of a most interesting lava tube near the park.

For my general travel tips and info on getting to and around the State of Hawai`i, click here.

For more Big Island sites, click here.

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The lava tube near Pu`uhonua `o Honaunau

by BlueCollar

Standing above the lava tube on the 1871 Trail at Pu`uhonua o Honaunau.

As you hike southward along the 1871 Trail, you will find this hand-built ramp. The lava tube is unmarked and the entrance is hidden in the shadows where I have placed the arrow in this photo. If you did not know this lava tube was here, you'd never explore further.

The ceiling of the lava tube.

So how is a lava tube created? Click here to find out more.

Standing at the end looking back into the tube. The lines along the lower wall evidence the way which the molten lava eroded the floor of the tube.

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