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Sample the rich culture and history of Big Island life on this 4.5-hour shore excursion. Led by a local guide, you’ll make a stop at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, a historic sanctuary for Hawaiian lawbreakers. Then, admire the three-dimensional paintings inside St. Benedict’s Church, and taste a flavorful cup of island caffeine as you learn how Kona coffee is processed. Complimentary port pickup and drop-off are included with your adventure.


  • 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

After being picked up at your port, you’ll begin your cultural exploration of Kona, stopping first at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, the ‘Place of Refuge at Honaunau.’ Listen as your guide explains the island’s ancient system of kapu, or law. Kapu-breaker’s only chance for survival would be to take sanctuary in these sacred grounds, where ceremonies of absolution often took place. You’ll have a chance to stroll around the palm-covered park and witness beautiful views of Honaunau Bay.

Head next to see Father Velghe’s paintings inside St. Benedict’s Painted Church. This Belgian-born priest created the three-dimensional works of art in 1842, displaying the stories of biblical heroes for parishioners who couldn’t write or read.

Then, learn the process behind the region’s famous coffee beans at Royal Kona Coffee. Sip a flavorful cup of Kona joe as you look out on views of Kealakekua Bay. Your tour will conclude with drop-off back at your port.

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

Richard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent Tour. Well worth the cost. Beautiful location in Kona. History and culture were both found in one location. Excellent narration to and from the sites.

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Lincoln our tour guide/ bus driver was great! We learned so much about Kona history. I highly recommend this tour!

Adrienne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The Historical Refuge Park is a must see and very relaxing. Most interesting was St Benedicts's Painted Church. Imagine a priest sent to this side of the island not knowing how to communicate with people then painted murals so they could understand him.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Very informative and enjoyable.

Jane J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Great trip - just as advertised.

Patricia Mary N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

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

Tom J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

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

Adrian F

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 December 2015

The tour was very informative and the sites were interesting. We finished in 3 and 1/2 hours and it was booked as a 4 hour tour so I think we could have spent a little more time at some locations especially the National Park as there was an interesting self guided tour but we had to rush through it. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

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