The Best Travel Guide to Big Island, Hawaii
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Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor

Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor was named in honor of Kamehameha the Great’s “Law of the Splintered Paddle.” The storied footpath granted runners safe passage for centuries, and today the 10-mile Mamalahoa (paddle) Kona Heritage Corridor survives with stories of Hawaii's past and present. The immigrant influences of Europe, Asia, and the Americas are still evident, survived by historic architecture, shrines, coffee farms, art galleries, and Holualoa Village.
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Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast

The Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast Byway is seven miles of a 700-year history. The stretch of road unfolds the centuries of Hawaii’s Alii, or ruling class. You will be led past four of Kona's seven “Royal Centers,” which were the sacred locations chosen due to an abundance of natural resources and recreational value; they were also reserved for Hawaii’s kings and queens. Count among them Hulihee Palace (one of three palaces in the United States), the royal surfing grounds of Kahaluu, Hawaii’s oldest Christian church and several heiau, or sites of sacred Hawaiian temples.
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Kau Scenic Byway - The Slopes of Mauna Loa

The Kau Scenic Byway is a 54-mile loop of ancient Hawaiian history. Enjoy the wealth of natural wonders and the southernmost point of the United States. Long stretches of pristine, unrequited scenery makes for exceptional experiences along this byway. Stop at the Honuapo Overlook, and indulge in one of Hawaii’s most remarkable views. The byway also takes you to Punaluu Black Sand Beach, the 1000-year-old cave system of Kula Kai Caverns and gives you majestic vistas of Hawaii's lava fields.
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Visitors are never short of activities at Keauhou. Just south of Historic Kailua Village, the Keauhou area has become one of Hawaii's most frequented destinations. The waters are perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking. Enjoy a combination of golf courses, spas, and fine resort restaurants on land. Spot manta rays at night as they meander near the shores to feed on microscopic plankton, and you may even see napping honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) in the shallow tide pools as well.
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Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

A centerpiece of Hawaiian culture, Puuhonua o Honaunau is a 180-acre national historic park that once served home to royal grounds and a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers. In these times, those who broke kapu (or sacred laws) were given one chance of redemption: evade pursuers and arrive to a puuhonua, or a sacred places of refuge. If successful there would be a ceremony of absolution, and the law-breaker would return to society.
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