08.04.2011 - 08.04.2011 28 °C
Got going much earlier today with an early morning brekky followed by a trip up down the coast to the "Place of Refuge". The PR is a park that has been setup to preserve Hawaiin culture and history. It is setup with replica temples and buildings to give you an idea of how native Hawaiins used to live. The park was the home of some of the royal family (or at least one that they sometimes visited) and was also a Place of Refuge for people who had been displaced by war or were in some sort of trouble and needed redeeming. Basically when you entered the refuge no hurt could come to you and you could be absolved of any crimes. Much of the PR was damaged during the tsnumai so much of the park was closed to visitors.
We had a date with a zodiac at 12.30 to visit the monument that has been erected to show where Captain Cook perished on his third voyage. When he first arrived in Hawaii he arrived on a day of Hawaiin celebration to one of their gods. Hence he was welcomed with open arms. When he returned the celebration was over and so he didn't get as good a reception and eventually was speared to death. The trip on the zodiac was awesome, only about 10 people on board and we went snorkelling at the monument. Definately the best snorkelling we have seen so far and probably some of the best you would see in the world (according to Conductor who has snorkelled or dived at many loc'ns thruout the world). HEAPS of fish and coral, very very colourful. The trip back on the zodiac was also great as we stopped off and saw many lava caves and tubes. Easily the best $55 we've spent on the trip. A day we will remember.
We are currently sitting in Kailua at a bar drinking beer and cocktails watching the sunset... Its a tough life! Off to Hilo tomorrow via the Saddle Road (which has a reputation for being a bit dodgy)-- we will be climbing to over 10,000 ft so should be interesting to see if we get altitude sickness. Til tomorrow..