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Kona Historical Society will continue this year’s series of the award-winning Jeep Trip Program for 2019 with an excursion to Honomalino Bay in South Kona on Friday, August 23, 2019. Hosted by a kama`aina family, guests are invited to explore the grounds of a private residence and talk story with family members about their long history connected with this special place.
Located near the boundary of South Kona district, the ahupua`a of Honomalino was considered crown lands, cared for by Lunalilo, the sixth monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The entire ahupua`a stretches across 6,000 acres, along craggy coasts and lush forest, it’s boundaries identified by the descendants of kia manu (bird catchers) and kālai waʻa (canoe makers) from the area. Their parents and grandparents passed down their knowledge of landmarks marking these boundaries, within which precious resources could be gathered for canoes and feathered objects. Journal entries written by Archibald Menzies, the Scottish naturalist that traveled to Hawaii with Capt. George Vancouver on the HMS Discovery, record observations of life in Honomalino in 1794, illustrating fishermen trading their catch for iron nails.
A 4WD vehicle is required but for members wishing to go that don’t have 4WD, arrangements can be coordinated if there is room in other members’ vehicles. Interested guests are encouraged to purchase or renew memberships and sign up as soon as possible due to the extremely limited space and popularity of these Historical Tours. If there isn’t extra room in another vehicle, interested patrons will be added to a waiting list in the event additional seats are made available. Kona Historical Society recommends guests bring plenty of water, shoes or slippers with sturdy soles to protect feet from kiawe thorns and hot sand. Towels, hats, beach chairs, sunscreen and mosquito repellent are also recommended. KHS will provide light refreshments, but guests must bring their own lunch and water. The cost of the excursion is $85 per guest, and all participants must be KHS members.
Every year, Kona Historical Society coordinates several engaging excursions to areas not accessible to the general public, accompanied by local historians, naturalists and cultural practitioners that help participants tap into all there is to know about this beautiful island. Any interested party can enjoy this excursion by becoming a member of Kona Historical Society. Membership with KHS is open to all. To sign up by phone, call (808)323-3222.