Hawai’i Big Island – Back to Kona

Day 12 – Kohanaiki back to Kailua-Kona – Turtles – Farewell

We go into the water one last time in the morning. The tide is really low so rocks are right on your face if you start swimming from the shallows. We manage to find a sandy spot to ease ourselves in but when the time comes I cannot find an obvious way to get out. The waves make it hard to avoid rocks and I am about to panic a bit; where is Bengul, I wonder. I stand on a relatively smooth coral to catch my breath. Luckily I spot Bengul already on the beach looking towards me. I put on my mask and carefully swim among and crawl over a bunch of rocks to finally make it to the sandy beach. I now have a few cuts on my fingers and on my big toe.

Honokahau Bay
Honokahau Bay

We leave the beach later than usual. Surfers still having a good time. Just across the road there is a coffee mill store where you can buy roasted beans before you fly, convenient. Up next, another historic place named Kaloko-Honokahau. It has two fish ponds, a fish trap and some remains which are “kapu”. We take a trail to the fish pond and observe some interesting petroglyphs on the way. Green turtles are trapped in shallow pools in low tide. A guy is fish-netting and another one is carrying a load of five big fish he just have spear-gunned.

Green Turtles
Green Turtles

The fish pond or fish trap is a neat idea. They let the fish in through a narrow channel to a natural or man made pond and then at low tide they hunt the fish that are trapped in.

Fish Trap at Honokahau Bay
Fish Trap at Honokahau Bay

We inevitably reach Kona and head to the store to return our bikes. We leave our bags there, walk back to the village and have a bite. A dip at the harbour beach and a shower completes the day. We catch a cab to the airport for our return flight. Aloha!

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