Day 4 was at Kona.
Our tour took us to a Kona coffee house from where we could just glimpse the Captain Cook monument in the bay where he was killed. I have a slight obsession with Captain Cook and would have liked to visit the bay itself but that will have to wait for another trip.
One of the highlights was the Place of Refuge, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, which, if you could reach it, would give you a reprieve from the death penalty imposed for such heinous crimes as standing on the King’s shadow.
It certainly has the peaceful feeling that a refuge should have.
Leanne and I were determined to master this pronunciation, along with that of the Hawaiian state fish, humuhumunukunukuapua`a. And we managed both of them.
The other main stop of the day was the Painted Church – St Benedict’s Catholic Church – which has had biblical scenes painted on the walls and ceiling. Another nice spot.
After the bus trip we went our separate ways around town for shopping and photos
before heading back to the ship for Mum’s birthday dinner in the shipboard Italian Restaurant.
Apparently we had the laughingest table.