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Hawaii 2017


Keahole Point, located just southwest of the Kona Airport. Most of the land was formed in 1801 by the Huʻehuʻe lava flow from Hualālai. This flow extended the shoreline out an estimated 1 mile.

Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau is where Hawaiians that broke a kapu (law) fled to avoid punishment. Warriors that were defeated during battle also sought refuge here. The park contains numerous archaeological sites: from temple platforms and royal fishponds to the “Hale o Keawe”, a reconstructed Hawaiian temple.

Pu`ukoholā Heiau, meaning “Temple on the Hill of the Whale” was the result, probably on the site of an older temple from about 1580. It was built entirely by hand with no mortar, in less than a year. The red stones were transported by a human chain about 14 miles long, from Pololū Valley to the East. Construction was supervised by Kamehameha’s brother Keliʻimaikaʻi, involving thousands of people.

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Pololū Valley is a valley that is deeply cut in the side of Kohala Mountain.

Kohala Mountain Road, Route 250

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Mauna Kea Observatories is an astronomical research facilities and large telescope observatories that are located at the summit of Mauna Kea.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a spectacular rain forest preserve which is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful areas in Hawaii.

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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park contains two active volcanoes, Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive shield volcano.

Lava Viewing Area, Kalapana, lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that has been erupting continuously since 1983

Rainbow Falls, Hilo, an 80-foot drop and is known for the rainbows that are formed in the surrounding mist.

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Ka Lae, also known as South Point, is the southernmost point of the Big Island of Hawaii and of the 50 United States.

During World War II, the US Air Force built a landing strip called Morse Field on the point. After the war the airfield was closed in 1953. In 1961 it was on the list of final sites to be considered by NASA to launch manned rockets to space, but was considered too remote.

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