The Greenwell family also ran a store which probably resembled most turn of the century general stores. We then toured the coffee plantation; saw the beans on the trees, the bean drying, and the roasting equipment. One of the Japanese women gave us a tour of one of the simple, but efficient homes and how food was prepared among other activities.
Then on to Kona, now a glitzy tourist town, but was once a place of power for ancient Hawaiians. King Kamehameha made his home there. A descendant, King Kalakaua built Hulihe’s Place on the water for his vacations. We were given a private tour of the palace taking our shoes off to protect the beautiful wooden floors. We walked a short distance to the King Kamehameha Hotel to see another heiau beside it. The heiau and the hotel are being restored due to the damage caused by the recent tsunami off the shore of Japan.