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Place of refuge

. There are also uniquely Hawaiian activities on the Kona coast. We wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. This "Place of Refuge" encompasses ancient Hawaiian temples, sacred heiau, royal grounds, fishponds, and the sanctuary that gives the place its name. There are self-guided tours as well as regular programs in Hawaiian studies. A visit to this special place opens the visitor's eyes to the beauty, splendor, and cruelty of ancient Hawaiian culture. It's well worth the trip. In this area, you can also visit the Captain Cook monument, where the famous captain came to his untimely demise. The south Kona coastline also is home to seemingly endless macadamia nut orchards and coffee plantations. You can tour a macadamia nut factory or taste several varieties of world-famous Kona coffee. All of the guidebooks have their recommendations, or you can just drive along and pull over when something piques your interest.