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10 Amazing Reasons to Go to HawaiiCon

As if I needed another reason to love the Big Island of Hawaii… I just learned about HawaiiCon.  The Big Island is not just full of palm trees, beaches, and resorts.  It is home to Kilauea, one of the longest-erupting volcanoes in the world.  And, it is one of the few places on earth where you can ski and surf in the same day.  The Big Island has numerous cultural festivals – and HawaiiCon is one of them!

HawaiiCon caught this fangirl unprepared.  We found out about it while vacationing on the Big Island, thanks to a featured article in Ke Ola Magazine.  I had packed some Hot Topic tank tops, but not my wardrobe of Her Universe dresses.  Nevertheless, I welcomed the opportunity to see a new con.

Even though I’d been to many conventions including San Diego Comic-Con, Star Wars Celebration, and D23 Expo – I found many reasons to love HawaiiCon.  Here are my Top 10 reasons why you should put HawaiiCon on your calendar next year.

This article was originally published on LaughingPlace.com

1. Opportunity to really get to know celebrity guests

Celebrity guest stars were scheduled at multiple panels and activities over the HawaiiCon weekend.  This allowed a rare opportunity to really get to know them, and interact in a more informal setting.

It was personal ‘story time’ with your favorite celebrities.  This was my first encounter with Temuera Morrison (Chief Tui, Moana / Jango Fett, Star Wars Ep. II).  And Paul Blake (Greedo, Star Wars Ep. IV), who answered the question ‘Who Shot First?’  We enjoyed ‘solo’ time with Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett, Star Wars Ep. II).  Q&A was amazing during these small panel sessions.

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Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, the ‘City of Refuge’ is a Cultural Gem in Kona

The Pu’uhonua o Honaunau is a wonderful National Park site located just south of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Pu’uhonua o Honaunau is the last of the remaining Pu’uhonua (Place of Refuge) in the Hawaiian islands. The rest were destroyed in the cultural and religious counter-revolution that occurred after western contact.

Hale at Honaunau - Copy

It is remarkable because this was a safe place where your sins / crimes were forgiven if you could reach this haven. You would have to arrive by water (swimming, or by canoe) since the surrounding land was royal property and trespassing was kapu (forbidden).

Altar at Honaunau
Altar at Honaunau

This site was also remarkable because no human sacrifice ever performed here. It was the retreat of the Hawaiian royalty, whose bones used to be buried on the site.

Ki'i Guardians of Honaunau
Ki’i Guardians of Honaunau

The Ki’i (literally translated as ‘images’ but more commonly referred to as ‘tiki’) are of the Hawaiian god, Lono.  Lono was known as the god of peace, agriculture, music, rain, and fertility.

This National Park hosts a wonderful cultural festival annually the last weekend of June (if you’re in town before the 4th of July, make sure you check it out).

Split Tiki at Honaunau
Split Tiki at Honaunau

Admission is free during the cultural festival. Other times, it is a nominal fee for entry. There is no food at the site, so please eat beforehand or bring your own snacks. No picnics are allowed beyond the visitor center.

Clean restrooms are available at the visitor center.  Cold drinking water is available at the water fountains.

Altar angle Honaunau WM

Make it a point to attend a ranger talk. We have seen ranger Kale Hua give several talks — he is always informative, and shows his love of the park and the land.

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