Friday, January 7, 2011

Kona's Keauhou

Heading south from Kailua Town, just as busy Ali'i Drive swerves uphill and heads toward the remote south Kona Coast, you want to to veer right into Keauhou Bay: This is where Kamehameha III was born—a small bay with good snorkeling, local canoeists, and where low-key charters depart for various seagoing adventures.

You can also take off north and south on coastal trails along rugged lava to see some big-wave action. The last great battle among Hawaiians took place just south of Keauhou, when Kam III backed the queens (one of whom his mother) and ended the male-dominated Kapu system of punishment that had ruled the emerging monarchy for centuries.