Explore Kona's cultural heritage and history at three key sights. Artifacts are displayed at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park, the site where Hawaiian lawbreakers and vanquished warriors found a "Place of Refuge" into the 19th century. At the turn of the 20th century, an artistic parish priest designed a miniature Gothic cathedral and created the decor that earned it the nickname, "the Painted Church." At the Royal Kona Coffee store, sample the island's world-famous coffee.
• Place of Refuge: A national park preserves the site where Hawaiians who broke sacred ancient laws could avoid capital punishment.
• St. Benedict Church: See the Gothic "Painted Church" designed, built and decorated by a parish priest over a century ago.
• Royal Kona Coffee: Sample Kona's famous coffee, brewed from premium beans cultivated on volcanic slopes.
What to Bring:
• Sea Pass card and photo identification
• Cash/Credit cards
• Sun protection
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses