USA, Hawaiian Islands – In the Middle of the Pacific III
But first we take a short stop in hulu, a town on the east coast.. Our destination here is the Nani Mau Gardens. The garden, the name of which means “forever beautiful”, was first opened in 1972. There are hundreds of kinds of orchids, hibiscuses, palms, or coconut trees.
The most enjoyable, and we are certain about it, is the orchard. You can pick juicy tropical fruits such as leech, mulberry, carambola, or Hawaiian oranges.
Let’s stay in Hilo for a while longer. Another worthwhile spot is the Pacific Tsunami Museum (admission fee is 8 dollars for adults). Founded in the 1990s the museum has always been focused on spreading awareness of the danger of tsunami. Many have died on the islands because of this natural phenomena and the danger is still very really on the Hawaiian Islands. Actually, it has even increased as the population density has increased.
However, locals have been incredibly lucky during the past three decades. Only several strong tsunamis have reached islands’ shores. One whole generation has been raised without realizing the danger tsunamis posses.
The exhibitions in the museum inform on individual tsunami events. Artifacts, such as a bent parking meter from the 1960 tsunami, add to the experience.
Another interesting place, now on the west coast, is the Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park . People who broke a sacred law could flee to this place of refuge. Some of them were defeated warriors or civilians. There is the renovated Hale O Keawe, a type of Hawaiian temple, where the local nobility was buried.
GPS: (Hilo) 19°43'34.3"N 155°05'15.2"W
Text: Maxim Kucer
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