Christmas: Geckos and Honaunau

Christmas morning at the B&B was wonderful. The breakfast was delicious, we were each given a stocking with various goodies inside, and we pulled Christmas crackers to find little numbered instruments inside, with which we valiantly tried to play several Christmas songs.

Selection of honeys

Heather had set up tiny furniture with little dishes of fruit, so the area geckos have learned they get a good breakfast if they show up on the lanai. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them; they were completely adorable.

After breakfast, we headed out to explore the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, also known as the City of Refuge. In old Hawai’i, life was governed by strict laws (kapu), and the penalty for breaking the laws was death. The only chance of survival was by escaping your punishers and reaching the nearest pu’uhonua, or place of refuge. There, the offender could be absolved of his crime by a priest in a purification ceremony and safely return home.

Pu’uhonua Honaunau is located right on the Honaunau Bay in a gorgeous coastal setting.

After visiting Honaunau, we drove down the coast a ways, admiring the beautiful views, until it was time to meet up with our Mauna Kea Summit tour.

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