Our bus driver/tour director is doing a good commentary here in our Barney bus. Yes, it is purple.
First stop, a stop for genuine Kona coffee free sampling.
Good coffee...with an even better view.
Kona is on the W side of the big island, which is Hawaii. Captain Cook was killed here after a dispute of some sort with the natives. He lost. We were on the E side of Hawaii yesterday, move on tonight to another island.
Next up on today's tour was St. Benedict's (Catholic) Painted Church. We unfortunately only got a brief glimpse, as a wedding rehearsal was going on and we were asked to be respectful. No problem. Blessings to the almost new family. The inside was painted to resemble a cathedral:
Barney rambled on down to the beach to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau NP that preserves there on the black lava rocks certain aspects of old Hawaiian traditional life. There are many palm trees and rocks along the meandering pathways. It is truly a beautiful, peaceful park. Unfortunately, we will miss the next ranger talk, although our driver told us quite a bit of its history. Long story!
Today is quite warm, just as you would expect Hawaii to be. The ocean breeze feels good here in the covered amphitheater, where my boyfriend has stretched out on the hard bench.
Back to Barney shortly. WYWH, y'all!
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