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A Unique Place Indeed

Where The Man-Eaters Ruled...

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The people of Hawai’i have inhabited these islands from 300 AD, having sailed from the Marquesas Islands in giant double-hulled canoes, guided by the stars, winds and currents. Below my Kona coffee farm lies an ancient refuge of the native Hawai’ians, which dates back to the 13th century. It was known as a safe haven for those who broke the law in order to receive forgiveness. The ‘Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic site, also known as the City of Refuge, is now a large park covering over 400 acres, which features ancient fish ponds, sandy beaches, gigantic wall enclosures, harbors, petroglyphs and expansive temple platforms. The site also houses an abandoned fishing village, native burial grounds, giant tikis and more than a thousand other significant archaeological sites.

The neighboring Kealakekua Bay is the site of Captain Cook’s landfall in 1779, when discovering Hawai’i for the western world. First thinking that Cook was an incarnation of their god Lono (whose feast was being celebrated coincidentally), the British were joyfully welcomed and honored accordingly. The first European ever to set foot on Hawai’ian shores actually was a William Bligh, Cook’s sailing master and the future captain of the infamous sailing vessel ‘Bounty’, which spawned the timeless bestseller ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’. Overstaying their welcome the situation quickly deteriorated within a period of weeks. Threats, thefts, brawls, kidnapping and gunshots were rampant, all of which led to the murder of one Captain Cook. His body was only partially recovered, as most of it had been eaten by the royals to achieve Cook’s perceived ‘god like’ powers. The bay, with its huge cliff towering over the most sparkling blue waters, remains almost unchanged today. The cliff houses numerous burial caves of Hawai’i’s great chiefs, which were sealed by roped climbers that were lowered over the embankment and then subsequently killed by having their ropes cut after their job was done. This was to ensure that the location of the graves remained secret forever. Enough stuff to ponder when spending time while sipping pure Kona coffee from your thermos.

A Sheltered Paradise

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The green sea turtle, moray eel, octopus, manta and eagle rays, in addition to the rare Hawai’ian seal are amongst the more than 150 different species living in Kealakekua Bay, which has now been declared as a Maritime National Underwater Park. The crystal clear, shallow waters with huge coral heads protect an incredible array of ocean life. It’s also the home to a large group of friendly spinner dolphins, which can be found sometimes frolicking around canoes and swimmers. Offshore one can watch humpback whales traveling in the winter from Alaska to nurture their calves in the calm warm waters of Hawai’i. Breaching high out of the sea, these magnificent beasts are an extraordinary sight to behold.

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Directly above our Kona coffee farm is a huge, impenetrable jungle leading up to the high volcano of Mauna Loa. Sometimes shrouded in fog, this rainforest is mysterious and full of fairytales yet to be written. These magic woods harbor black Polynesian boars with fierce tusks, flies without wings and raspberries without thorns. Rare Hawaiian hawks circle above our Hawaiian coffee lands. Above the forest zone are moon-like lava fields interrupted by prairies where wild donkeys, bulls and goats graze on the tender and delicious alpine grasses. Based on the extreme isolation of these islands, life has and will continue to evolve here. There are the Nene geese, which have forgotten how to fly and spiders that actually care for their young. Of the 300 insect species that originally found their way to Hawaiian shores, nearly 10,000 unique variations have developed. Hawai’i is indeed a land of mystery, which shelters and sustains creatures found nowhere else on earth but here.