Kona Shore Excursion: Kona History and Culture Tour

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  • Location: Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5123PRTKON521
While you’re in port in Kona, get a taste of Big Island history and culture on this shore excursion. Learn about the history of Kona at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park – an ancient Hawaiian place of refuge for law breakers. Visit Saint Benedict’s Painted Church, where Belgian-born priest Father Velghe painted colorful biblical scenes on the walls of the church. Finish your day at Royal Kona Coffee and sample a delicious Kona cup of joe.

Highlights

  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
The Big Island isn’t only breathtaking scenery and beaches – it also has a history and culture just waiting to be explored on a shore excursion. On this historical and cultural tour of Kona, you’ll take a step back in time to Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, which translates to “Place of Refuge at Honaunau.” In ancient Hawaii, residents who broke Hawaii’s system of kapu (law) would receive death as punishment. The only option for survival would be to escape to the nearest puuhonua, or place of refuge.

Today, you can experience the peace of Puuhonua o Honoaunau National Historical Park, where ancient temples and ki’i (carved wooden images) hint at stories from the past. Stroll around this palm-covered sanctuary and enjoy the view of Honaunau Bay.

Continue your historical journey to St. Benedict’s Painted Church, where Belgian-born Father Velghe’s three-dimensional paintings depict heroes from the Bible. This artwork served as an important teaching tool in a time when many people couldn’t read and write. Father Velghe painted this church in 1842, and this parish continues the work Father Velghe began more than a century ago.

Finish your shore excursion at the Royal Kona Coffee Visitor Center, where you’ll see how coffee “cherries” are processed into delicious Royal Kona coffee. Enjoy the view of Kealakekua Bay in the distance and savor a sample of Kona coffee.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Kona Pier for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Kona Pier (Only Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Carnival ship passengers may book this shore excursion)
Departure Time:
10:00am
Return Details:
2:30 pm to Kona Pier

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Pricing information

Kona Shore Excursion: Kona History and Culture Tour

Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Inclusions:
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop off
Exclusions:
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This shore excursion can only be booked by Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America passengers, Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Sea passengers, and Carnival Spirit passengers
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: rogerryberg, January 2014

Very informative and enjoyable.

Reviewed by: Jane J, February 2013

Great trip - just as advertised.

From $57.60

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Tour code: 5123PRTKON521