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The Kona Coast (western part) of the Big Island is its sunny side. Besides the beaches, the Kona Coast is home to most of the island's historical places. In ancient times, commoner's lifes were governed by a complex rules system, called kapu. The penalty for breaking them was usually death, but if the offender could escape its pursuers and make it to the Place of Refuge (Puuhohonua o Honaunau), he could perform certain rituals and all would be forgiven. After erecting massive Puukohola Heiau, the last major Ancient Hawaiian temple, Kamehameha the Great did incur the favor of the war god Kukailimoku as he intended, since he went on to control all the Hawaiian Islands, establishing the Hawaiian Kingdom.

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Aerial view of Kona Coast. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Words made with light rocks against dark lava rocks. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Hardened lava coastline, Kiholo Bay. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Walled stream and Kiholo Bay. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Black sand beach, Kiholo Bay. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Walled stream flowing into Kiholo Bay. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Kiholo Bay. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Rocks with bird in distance, Kiholo Bay. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Volcanic rocks islet, Kiholo Bay. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Clear water in channel, Kiholo Bay. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Kapu sign, Kiholo Bay. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Polynesian idol, Place of Refuge, Puuhonua o Honauau National Historical Park. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Polynesian god statues in Puuhonua o Honauau (Place of Refuge). Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Statues of Polynesian gods,  Puuhonua o Honauau (Place of Refuge). Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Flowers offered to Polynesian idols, Place of Refuge. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Polynesian idols, Puuhonua o Honauau National Historical Park. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Statues of polynesian idols, Puuhonua o Honauau National Historical Park. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Lapakahi historical park. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Site of submerged Hale o Kapuni Heiau, Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Altar, Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Mailekini Heaiu and Puukohola Heiau, Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Saint Benedict Catholic Church called Painted Church, Captain Cook. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Interior of Saint Benedict Catholic Church called Painted Church. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Inside Saint Benedict Catholic Church (Painted Church), South Kona. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color) Aloha Theatre at dusk, Kainaliu. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( color)

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