Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
On my last day On The Big Island, I visited the fourth and final National Park at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site with my friends who live on the island. This is the site of an ancient Hawiian temple that has been restored, and was still in the process of being restored when we arrived. The walkway to the temple was closed, so we watched the informational video and walked along the coastline looking for sightings of reef sharks that like to roam near the area. When the site reopens, my friends will get to go back to the site complete the Junior Ranger Program here at Pu’ukohola Heiau NHS. We scoped out Spencer Beach, a public beach right next to the park that was really nice, but we decided to go back to our favorite beach on the West side of the island at Hāpuna Beach State Park, just a few minutes down the road.
Cave Hunting Hāpuna Beach State Park
We found a nice spot on Hāpuna Beach under a tree and set up some extra shade with my Beauty Society Beach Blanket. Then we hiked down the coastline to check out some caves in the rocky part of the shore. We had to swim to the cave opening, but the water was clear and shallow, making it easy for us to get to. We stayed for hours enjoying the last few minutes of my stay, including watching a gorgeous Big Island Sunset, a perfect way to end the first two weeks of Jaime in Hawaii in July.
Thank you for reading and viewing,
Dr. Jaime Brainerd, Ed.D.