Friday, March 9, 2012

The Big Island of Hawaii - Iron Man, Coral Graffiti, and Historical Village

I should have kicked off the series of 
Big Island posts with our arrival in 
Kona via Hawaiian Airlines.  

Kona is located on the west side of the island along
with most of the ancient Hawaiian sites.

We arrived in Kona days before the Ironman 
Competition.  We met a Japanese competitor on 
the rental car shuttle.  Notice his bike case!

The Kona airport is built atop the lava fields.   
This gives way to unique graffiti - coral to 
spell out words .... 

... and the shaka!

We stopped at the Kaloko-Honokohau
National Historical Park (link).

It preserves the village that
once thrived in the area.

Do you have a National Historical park near you? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs will win a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, March 17, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 18.


Kim in Hawaii

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I'll post the winners of March Madness on Monday, April 2.

Andrew and David are overloaded
with Hawaiian history.


  1. There's the Saratoga National Historical Park, but I haven't had a chance to visit it.

  2. Great pics! Lava fields remind me of Etna, the same colors. Regarding National Historical parks, no, we don't have them in my region, but we are proud of our Regional Natural Park of Friuli Dolomites. Although it's more about flora and fauna than history.

  3. Tell you boys we wish we could all be overloaded with Hawaiian history via living in Hawaii. Have a great adventure these next few days.

  4. we dont have National Historical park near us

  5. There are so many fascinating things to see there...lots of beauty to soak in and the amazing lava formations are truly impressive!

  6. Thank you for putting up maps with your travels. It makes these virtual trips so much fun!

  7. We have Point State Park which includes includes the outlines and remains of two of the oldest structures in Pittsburgh, Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne.

  8. About 10 minutes from me we have Anderson Park which is listed as The first park, in first county parks system in country.Love your pictures. Have a great time. It's so beautiful there. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  9. We have 13 National Historic Parks in Texas, but none are near where I live. My favorite is the San Antonio Missions park, which links buildings (the Alamo and three other Spanish missions,) and other sites along Mission Trail near the San Antonio River.

  10. Exactly what Carol M. said lol.


  11. I live in Texas but have not had the opportunity to visit any of the national historic parks here. Have a great time!

  12. We have Cabrillo National Monument which includes the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. It sits high up on top of a hill and has views of the ocean on one side and views of Downtown San Diego on the other. It's a pretty spot. The lighthouse was replaced because it was too high up on the cliff and the fog kept it's light from being seen at sea. But, the lighthouse/keeper's house is still there.

  13. Sequoia National Park is near us. It's very nice.

  14. I always enjoy your pictures. Thanks so much

  15. The one that I can think of here in Las Vegas is the Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park. It contains the Old Mormon Fort, the first structure built by people of European blood in what would become Las Vegas fifty years later.

    It is located just east of Las Vegas Boulevard and slightly north of the downtown area and Fremont Street. This is the only U.S. state park located in a city that actually houses the first building ever built in that city.

  16. Would you believe that Rhode island doesn't have any National Historic sites! Fortunately we love to drive and whenever we are anywhere in the vicinity of one we make a point of going for a visit.

    Our friends always kid us that we don't take the shortest route but instead the historic route on our trips and we drive the people at AAA crazy with the maps we end up picking up.

    We always drive to South Carolina a few times a year to see our son and his family and everytime we go my objective is to "surprise" my husband with a new historical site. I must admit that one year I took us a long way out of the way by veering off to Tennesee on our way fron RI to SC but usually there are plenty of places not far off the "beaten track" in our neck of the woods to find one of the many National Parks that ar a definate "must see" for any hisotry buff.

  17. Yosmite up north good hikes

  18. Just heard about the storms in Hawaii and hope that you made out okay!

  19. i hope you're okay in Hawai Kim:). I don't live near any national park but i love to visit national park during my holiday, aretha zhen

  20. I live near an archeological park. There are the ruins of a Roman city

  21. no. though wish i did ( well maybe not, cant imagine the price of stuff you have to buy on reg basis that was jacked up for tourist)