Shore Excursion Details

Historic Kona

Kona, Hawaii

Historic Kona


  • 31/2
    hrs Estimate Duration

Gain an understanding of the Big Island’s history through attractions that highlight the life of the early Hawaiians and the influence of Catholic missionaries. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park will offer a glimpse into the early culture, as it was a place of refuge for those that had violated the sacred laws known as kapu. There, you will see a temple where criminals could be absolved of their transgressions and safely return to society. To complement the experience, you will visit the 19th-century Painted Church. Its interior features frescoes and murals of biblical scenes that a Belgian priest painted to teach the islanders Catholicism. The missionaries were also instrumental in dismantling the harsh kapu laws. You will also learn how coffee was introduced to Hawaii in the 1820s and how it is processed today at the Royal Kona Coffee Center. It is an excellent setting to enjoy a cup of fresh-brewed Kona coffee.


  • Visit one Hawaii’s most sacred sites, where criminals could find safe refuge.
  • View the biblical murals and frescoes that adorn the Painted Church.
  • Enjoy a cup of Kona coffee and learn about its production at a coffee mill.


  • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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Excursion Type:

Historical Landmarks

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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