|We had a friend, Julie, visiting from New Jersey and Robin and I decided to give her the grand tour of the island. On the
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau City of Refuge and then up around we went south through Volcano and down around to the
We had a friend, the the Saddle RoadSaddle Road to give here a view of that part of the island. to give here a view of
that part of the island.
|May 9 & 12, 2007
|Whittington Beach Park. We've been
here before and have taken pictures
but every time we're at the scenic view
above the park, I take another picture...
|This is a White-tailed Tropicbird flying below us. Tropicbirds are 30-40 inches
long with a 37-44 inch wingspan. There were actually three of these flying
around. It's quite a trick capturing a good shot of a swooping bird at full zoom.
|At the City of Refuge they have these
|Another look at the Hale o Keawe.
We've been here before.
|The sea turtles (honu) like to sunbathe
on the beach here at the City of
Refuge. This beach is where the
royalty, the Ali'i, would land in their
|No, I don't think that Robin is calling
him on the phone! I think she's taking
a picture with her camera phone.
|You're not supposed to disturb the
turtles. They are a protected species
and the oils from human skin can
damage their shells.
|The whole time Robin sat there, this
park ranger kept an eye on her and
|That's Julie taking pictures of Robin
and her new friend.
|Then Julie joined the party.
|The ranger came over and told Robin that he thought the turtle wanted to get higher up on the beach but Robin was
sitting in his way...
|This stone wall was there to keep the riff-raff
separated from the ali'i. There were very
strong taboos (kapu) in Hawaiian society
about this. If a commoner so much as trod
the ground that someone of royalty had
walked on - or even if their shadow crossed
their path, they could be killed. This was one
of the punishments one could escape if they
made it to the City of Refuge.
|A couple of Hawaiian dugout canoes
|weave mats and baskets with.