In actual fact, there is very...
Favorite thing: In actual fact, there is very little to do or see in this small town. It is an out of the way place where one can spend wonderful leisure time away from the crowds.
If you want to just enjoy the countryside, find a nice bed and breakfast, there are several available, get to know the people, use this as a home base and see the rest of the attractions of Nature. It is a wonderful way to enjoy yourself on the Big Island at a more nominal cost than the average hotel, in many ways, you will find out more from your hosts about the Island than from a tour group guide.
People in Hawaii who manage bnb's are quick to assist you and will give you insights that simply are not available from large tour operations.
Preparatory to preparing this page, I've been in touch with a few of them. They anxiously await your arrival. I am trying to develop a small VT discount. School is still out on that subject.
The internet is loaded with vast amounts of material having to do with this illustrious voyager. There are replications of his Logs, and most of them are wrong as the subject of Hawai'i is reviewed.
Captain Cook, for all that he did, was not the Discoverer of Hawai'i. Far from it, as the location of these Islands was already well known to the Mariners of the time. His logs prove that. Let us correct the record and give proper credit to the actual group who discovered these Islands. They kept no logs known to present day historians, though there may be as yet undiscovered petroglyphs which tell the true story. As yet, I have no knowledge of their discovery.
Who these people were and exactly where they came from may never be known to us, but one thing is certain, they were not White men on a boat, who came to plant their countries flag and declare themselves the discoverers, though history tells us that many were of a mind to so do. It is an unparalleled arrogance which time and truth will eventually moderate.
THE TRUE DISCOVERY?
Christ Church, Kealakekua
Favorite thing: Just off the Island Belt road. not far from Captain Cook. An Anglican parish since the late 19th century, formerly one of the favorite churches of Hawaiian royalties.
It's worth taking a look inside this beautiful small church. "Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness" reads the inscription above the screen. You don't see this kind of altar placement - against the far wall - very often any more in Episcopal Churches!
- Religious Travel
Greenwell General Store
Favorite thing: Fascinating "living history" site. It is just off State Route 11 on the south Kona Coast. The Store is operated by the Kona Historical Society and has limited opening hours - be sure to check in advance.
Costumed interpreters explain the wares that would have been found in a typical Hawaii general store during the 1890s and early 1900s. Visitors to the site are given "shopping lists" which customers of the day would have purchased. This was the "Walmart" of its day!
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Favorite thing: The Kona Coffee Living History Farm offers fresh coffee, newly harvested macadamia nuts, and the opportunity to take a guided tour into the past. This is a great place to learn about an important chapter of Hawaii's past - as well as its present!
I had not realized how important Japanese Americans were in the development of the Kona Coffee industry. They provided the bulk of the labor - and over time, they also purchased dozens of the numerous small farms which line the slopes of this part of the Big Island. It's quite wonderful how the Living History Farm allows visitors to learn about the lives of immigrants of Japan at the same time as they are seeing the coffee plants and early machinery used to prepare Kona coffee beans for the roasting process.
Life on a small coffee farm in the 1930s and 1940s was hard and demanding, and the homes of coffee farmers were simple, even (to some degree) primitive. Coming here makes you see how the coffee farms were developed over time only through the diligence and dedication of several generations of modestly paid workers and their families.
- Historical Travel
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