This unique and memorable Historic Kona excursion takes you back in time with a tour of Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park, a sanctuary of Hawaii's past, where traditional Hawaiian lifestyle is preserved. This ancient Hawaiian village of refuge for "kapu," or lawbreakers, features ancient temples and wooden images that depict stories from the past. Today, the park continues to serve as a sanctuary for those seeking a peaceful destination, and a safe haven for many species of wildlife that have made the park their home.
From the park, take a scenic drive to magnificent Kealakekua Bay, with its spectacular view from the hillside over the bay, home to an underwater preserve and the place where a monument to the infamous Captain Cook stands. This is the very spot where he sailed in to discover Hawaii, was received as the god Lono, and then proved to be a mortal and slain.
Another stop on the tour is the "Painted Church," overlooking Kealakekua Bay. The church, painted by Belgian priests arriving in the late 19th century, is often referred to as the "Jewel of South Kona," serving as both an historical site as well as an active parish.
Your tour will also take you to the Kona Coffee Factory, where you will have plenty of time for sampling! Don't miss this delightful tour of historic Kona!
This tour may be ADA accessible upon request, accommodating electric wheelchairs and scooters, with limited access at some stops. ADA accessibility is dependent upon the availability of ADA accessible vehicles on the day of your tour. If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please request an ADA accessible vehicle at the time of booking. In order to bring your electric wheelchair or scooter, please ensure the combined weight of the guest and electric wheelchair or scooter does not exceed 500 pounds. Please also include the model, size and weight of the wheelchair you would be bringing in your request. The width of the wheelchairs or scooters cannot exceed 29 inches.
Reviewer: Kathleen M Brockliss
Great value. The driver was entertaining. Closer access to Captain Cook’s landing with accurate I formation would have been appreciated
Reviewer: Jeff Taylor
Enjoyable, relaxing, informative
Reviewer: ISA GARCIA
WAS GREAT.VERY INFORMATIVE .
Reviewer: Vicki Miller
These guides must all be great!! Ours was! We visited the Kona Coffee Shop where they had all kinds of Kona coffee, etc; visited a Polynesian village/National Park-HOT day in Oct 2018! Around 97degrees, I almost melted! Magnificient city, pretty sand, crystal clear blue water! Little shopping time.
Reviewer: Vicki Miller
Our bus driver was a native Hawaiian with all kinds of tips. So very cordial & proactive with instructions. Very seasoned, he anticipated all our questions. We sampled Kona coffee & saw some of the process. Next, we visited a Polynesian village, Nat'l Historic park. Visited a painted church. So informative!!