The Rambling Writer Visits Hawaii, the Big Island, part 4: Traditional Crafts

Join Thor and me as we check out the native crafts area at the Place of Refuge, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park on the Big Island.

NOTE: After way too many months without travel, Thor insisted on an R&R escape to Hawaii this April. He’d been keeping on eye on the very careful Covid-19 precautions in the islands, and the testing required before flying there. And now that we’re both fully vaccinated, we took the plunge – literally, for some snorkeling in the healing sea, as well as exploring the Big Island and Kauai. After this detour, I promise I’ll finish up my Virtual Italy Vacation series soon!

In last week’s blog, we wandered through the fascinating, reconstructed site of the sacred Place of Refuge, and the adjoining grounds where the Ali’i — aristocrats — of the ancient Hawaiians met for discussions and games. On the edge of that area are these reconstructed shelters for storing canoes and sheltering artisans.

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    • Thanks, Sherwood. It’s fun to watch the paddlers go out in the mornings in new their outriggers (with multiple paddlers) to practice maneuvers. And, yes, we marveled at the clarity of the sea on the Big Island. We’re thinking it’s because the island is so new, with not as much soil/organic matter to run off into the sea as on the older islands.