The morning continued with Peter Van Dyke from the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, a facility of the Bishop Museum. He told us about the plants of Hawai'i as related to Cook and provided several specimens. I had thought a "shaddock" was of the brassica family but I'm wrong - it's a large version of a grapefruit. The last speaker of this session was Captain Rick Rogers, author of the book, Shipwrecks of Hawaii. Rick spoke authoritatively about the presence of the Spanish in pre-Cook Hawaii. His talk, greatly based on personal knowledge and experience, was supplemented with maps and photos.
Charlie allowed us an hour for lunch and then we had a trip to the Hikiau Heiau at the other end of Kealakekua Bay from the Cook memorial. Rick Rogers led us through the events of 230 years ago in a very comprehensive manner. He helped us understand the topography and landmarks that we had read about in the voyage journals. We saw the memorial recording William Watman's burial on the heiau, the temple site itself and the area where James King set up the shore station. Despite the pictures we have seen in Cook's Log, it was both interesting and informative to walk the area. This visit gave us a real insight as to how the settlement around the Hikiau Heiau would have looked and operated.
We were not finished. Onward we travelled, led by Rick, for a few miles south to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau (Place of Refuge). This is a partially restored sacred area containing heiau platforms, native huts and an idol hut similar to that shown in John Webber's painting "An Offering before Captain Cook, in the Sandwich Islands". There was some speculation that some of Cook's bones may have ended up here as the bones of the Ali'i and other powerful figures were stored here.