The Kukui nut lei is made from the Kukui Nut Tree.The Kukui Nut Tree is also known as the Candlenut Tree and in ancient Hawai’i the nuts were burned to provide light and the oil also has many cooking and medicinal uses. The nuts are used also in necklaces (leis) and bracelets. The colors of the nuts can be black, brown or white and often painted with decorative colors.
The meaning of kukui is a symbol of enlightenment, protection and peace. During our travels to Hawaii my wife has bought several Kukui nut leis for herself, friends and family; it makes a great souvenir gift.
One of the most accessible, interesting, and enchanting cultural sites in the State of Hawaii is Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park in South Kona. Translated. The ''place of refuge at Honaunau'' is the most complete resoration of an ancient Hawaiian religious sanctuary in Hawaii. Refuge for vanquished warriors and kapu (tabo) breakers was guaranteed to all who made it to this haunting compound.
Tall royal palms sirround the temple complex that sits on a 20-acre finger of lava bordered by the sea on three sides. The only acces to the pu'uhonua (temple of refuge) was by swimming across a bay known as the shark's den. If you managed to survive, the kahuna (priest) was required, under the pain of death, to offer you sanctuary and absolve you of all wrong doing.
The power of the pu'uhonua is inhernet in the heiau (temple) that house the bones of all alii (nobles). There are three heiau within the Honaunau complex. Archaeological evidence dates the use of the temple from the mid 16th C. The newest heiau, which dates from about 1650, served as a temple and mausoleum until 1818, and contains the bones of at least 23 chiefs.
In 1820, King Kamehameha II abolished the kapu system, which included severe penalties for standing in the shadow of an alii, or women eating with men. The city of refuge was abandoned soon thereafter.
In 1961, the National Park Service carefully restored the pu'uhonua, consulting old records and sketches from early ships' artists. The park is beautifully maintained , the park rangers are friendly and helpful, and the visitor center contains exhibits, maps, and a brochure for a self-guided tour that winds through the tall coconut trees, the giant scowling tikis, the painstakingly renovated buildings and grounds, and leads down to the lava scupted shoreline, a perfect place to wiew one of Kona's famous sunsets.«
The Noni fruit has been used for centuries as an herbal supplement.
It helps build a strong immune system.
The Noni fruit grows wild in many parts of Hawaii and other Pacific Islands.
A plant bears fruit year round.
The smell of the fruit also attracts fruit bats that help disperse the fruit.
Green Sea Turtles (which never seem to look green!) can be found at most beaches in the Kona area. Favorite viewing spots: Kahalu'u beach in Kailua, and the private lagoon at the Hilton Waikaloa. Be careful though: it is illegal to touch or disturb these quiet, graceful creatures.
NEVER wear an Aloha (Hawaiian print) shirt out at night - you will stick out like a sore thumb. This is pretty true for daytime, too. Keep those things folded up till you get home! If you really feel the need, a subdued, dark-on-dark pattern is usually ok. Most locals will change their shorts into jeans for nighttime, and that's about it.
POG juice is something you will find on most menus in Hawaii. POG juice is simply Pineapple, Guava and Orange Juice combined. It is simply delicious and a must try when on the islands. My wife adores it and always orders it with her breakfast.
Hawaii has little indigenous wildlife other than some birds, insects and lizards. Most of the animals have been imported either intentionally or by accident by settlers and explorers.
There are feral cats all over the islands, with hundreds of colonies and many nonprofit organizations dedicated to their well being and maintenance.
There are feral goats wondering the high hills and rocky lava beds.
But there are also large families of wild turkeys. If you walk any of the quiet trails or drive some of the roads leading out of the more urban areas, keep your eyes open. They do frequent their favorite spots regularly, so they will most likely be seen at the same places over and over again.
Free Local guides and Maps are plentiful around town. It's always good to have a map and a listing of what the area has to offer. We found several spots along the street that had free material for the taking which had some valuable info as well as coupons for shopping.
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