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  • Location: Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration:  4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
While you’re in port in Kona, get a taste of Big Island history and culture on this shore excursion. Learn about the history of Kona at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park – an ancient Hawaiian place of refuge for law breakers. Visit Saint Benedict’s Painted Church, where Belgian-born priest Father Velghe painted colorful biblical scenes on the walls of the church. Finish your day at Royal Kona Coffee and sample a delicious Kona cup of joe.


  • Historical and cultural tour of Kona
  • Admire beautiful, three-dimensional paintings at St Benedict's Painted Church
  • Learn how Kona coffee is processed and enjoy a free sample
  • Learn about how Kona coffee is processed and enjoy a free sample
  • Free port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Kona Shore Excursion: Kona History and Culture Tour

Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

The Big Island isn’t only breathtaking scenery and beaches – it also has a history and culture just waiting to be explored on a shore excursion. On this historical and cultural tour of Kona, you’ll take a step back in time to Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, which translates to “Place of Refuge at Honaunau.” In ancient Hawaii, residents who broke Hawaii’s system of kapu (law) would receive death as punishment. The only option for survival would be to escape to the nearest puuhonua, or place of refuge.

Today, you can experience the peace of Puuhonua o Honoaunau National Historical Park, where ancient temples and ki’i (carved wooden images) hint at stories from the past. Stroll around this palm-covered sanctuary and enjoy the view of Honaunau Bay.

Continue your historical journey to St. Benedict’s Painted Church, where Belgian-born Father Velghe’s three-dimensional paintings depict heroes from the Bible. This artwork served as an important teaching tool in a time when many people couldn’t read and write. Father Velghe painted this church in 1842, and this parish continues the work Father Velghe began more than a century ago.

Finish your shore excursion at the Royal Kona Coffee Visitor Center, where you’ll see how coffee “cherries” are processed into delicious Royal Kona coffee. Enjoy the view of Kealakekua Bay in the distance and savor a sample of Kona coffee.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Kona Pier for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Very informative and enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Great trip - just as advertised.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Working with Viator for any of my shore excursions has been a pleasure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Excellent trip, thoroughly enjoyable. Honaunau was both beautiful and fascinating. Driver Dean was very pleasant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Very interesting trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

Perfect way to spend the morning in Kona.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014


4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

very good knowledgeable guide

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

Great tour guide. Just enough history, great swim in heated natural swimming area.

Paul T

4 star rating: Recommended March 2013

We choose to tour with Roberts Hawaii as we heard good reviews from other people and it is much cheaper than the tour provided by Pride of America. We saw the same places as those on the more expensive tours. Kona is on a big island of Hawaii. It is also one of the driest place compared to Hilo which is on the same island but on the other side. The tour bus driver is a local and knew much of the history and interesting facts of the areas. We went to Puuhonua o Honaunau National Park which was once belong to the Royal family. This place has a place of refuse for law breakers who can get to the place of refuse before being captured. These people would be pardoned by the king and allowed to be returned to normal life. We visited a nice painted church at St. Benedict which had nice paintings inside painted by the former priest. We also visited a Kona coffee plantation to taste the coffee and to purchase 100% Kona Coffee.

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