We have a winner from last week's blogs - Desere!
On Friday, my family will fly from O'ahu to the Big Island of Hawaii for Spring Break. Of course I'll post pictures when we return ... let me whet your appetite with pictures from our previous trips.
The Big Island is the youngest and largest island. We landed on the Kona (west) coast - built up from the lava flows of the 1800s. Let's take a peak at the historic sites on the Kohala coast (northwest corner of the Big Island).
|Lapakahi State Historical Park|
(at this link)
|The park recreates a Hawaiian village ...|
|... "from the mountain to the sea".|
|The village has its own heiau |
(low stone walls and platform)
|Driving south, we discovered the Pu'ukohola Heiau |
(at this link). Kamehameha built the heiau to fulfill
the prophecy that he would unite the islands. He lured
his chief rival and cousin, Keoua, to the heiau. After slaying him, Kamehameha ruled Hawaii, conquered six other
islands, and negotiated "peace" with Kauai.
He fulfilled the prophesy.
|King Kamehameha himself did not build the heiau.|
He recruited laborers and even slaves to hand carry
lava stones to build the massive structure.
|The heiau overlooks the Pacific.|
|My children played "Hawaiian checkers" |
at the visitors' center.
|Continuing south, we explored the Puako |
Petroglyphs in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.
|The developers created a park to showcase|
the petroglyphs to the public.
|The petroglyphs depict island life.|
Have you visited any "ancient" sites? 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
March Madness continues here at SOS Aloha! All commenters in March will be entered into a special drawing for prizes from RT in Chicago. 3 US, 3 Canadian, and 3 international readers will win a package with books and goodies.
Comments can be made at:
- SOS Aloha, sosaloha.blogspot.com
- Aloha On My Mind, alohaonmymind.blogspot.com
- My guest posts at the Reading Reviewer (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) at marygramlich.blogspot.com
I'll post the winners of March Madness on Monday, April 2.