Born in the spring with the Forget-me-nots

Monday, October 3, 2011

Kohala Hongwanji Mission Cemetery

We drove north and found this charming little Japanese grave yard and thought I would share some photos!

Kohala Hongwanji Mission Cemetery

Place of Refuge

One day I decided to go for a little adventure, so I drove down to the "Place of Refuge” to check it out! The Place of Refugre or Pu'uHonua O Honaunau National Historic Park was definitely worth the park fee! On this site is a reconstruction of an ancient Hawaiian religious sanctuary and village.

This was one of the reconstructed structures

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The bay here is very popular for snorkeling and other aquatic activities!

the temple structure from the bay

I have seen the boards all over kona in the rocks and I am told this is a Hawaiian game, I really need to learn the rules!

I love all of the carvings!

I am sure if I could have found someone they would have explained what the heck this is!

I just love the personality all the carvings have!

These walls always impress me! They are so well built!

How can you not love this face!?

These guys look like they are having fun!

I could have stayed all day taking portraits of them all!

I mean look at the head dresses on these guys!

This one reminds me of an eagle

I believe important people used to sit on this rock and there were canopies involved with holes still there!

I think these are nets

These boats look fun!

Beautiful wood work!

I walked out the 1871 trail for a bit, it was lovely!

I still need to take Brian and then I will work on gathering more information and flush out this post!

Field work!

August brought my first ISLA field work!

I am not going to go into detail but, I stayed at an amazingly fancy hotel in Kauai… not in a tent, or hostel! We worked our asses off but what a beautiful island!

Very different from the Big Island beaches!

My digs for the week and a half!

My view!


Work work.... life is rough!

James found it, I brought it back for Brian!

Road on the way back to the hotel


At the hotel I ran into some friends who I worked with in AK! We hung out and ended up going for a dive together! It was awesome!

Damn fine sunset!

Old? Rusting? Falling apart!? OMG I WANT TO TAKE A PHOTO!!!!!

We were taking off into space! SPACE!

Fun. just fun!

The long awaited part 2 of my volcano adventure... the Petroglyphs

Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs along the chain of craters road in Hawai’I Volcanoes National Park
Pu’u Loa means Long Hill or Hill of Long Life and is considered to be a sacred place, especially to the people of Kalapana. Kalapana has been overflowed by lava from Kilauea in 1990. In this event the nearby town of Kaimu and Kaimu Bay were also covered. There are now only a handful of people who live out in Kalapana and the Royal Gardens subdivision. Every couple of years another flow goes this way and threatens or destroys another home.
The majority of the petroglyphs at this site are similar to the following:

These holes (some like those above within circles) are used to place the umbilical cord (piko) at the birth of a child. The hole is carved in and the cord is placed in the hole with a stone above it. This tradition is thought to insure the long life for the child.
According to the National Parks website on this site: (here)

A dot was “ the hole for a child”
A dot in a circle “the hole for the first born”
A dot with two circles “the first born of an ali`i [a ruling chief]”
A plain circle was a “calabash”
A jagged line was a “mo`o [a lizard]”
A circle with a long line was a “puloulou [ a tapa covered ball on a stick carried by an ali`i as a symbol of taboo]”
A cross with a dot at each end was “ a cross before a chief at night in travelling.”

There are also other theories about other petroglyphs at the site and more information can be found at the national aprk website. I Just wanted to share some of these amazing features!

The board walk is a nice addition and a safe place to view the petrogphys from without disturbing them!