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Panoramic image of Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park

Panorama created with photos taken at Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau NHP on the west Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.

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Flattened representation of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau NHP panorama. See text below for description.

The USGS logo is centered looking east; north is to the left and south to the right of the logo.  This image was created using photographs taken from the narrow strip of beach at Keoneʻele Cove, the ancient royal canoe landing at Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park (PUHO). Keone'ele Cove is known as a haven for sea turtles, which are often found sunning themselves on the nearshore volcanic platform. USGS scientist (wearing a backpack GPS) is standing at the edge of one of the many anchialine ponds found at PUHO. These brackish ponds, located near the shoreline along the coast of Hawaiian islands, are connected to the ocean via subterranean fissures and fluctuate slightly with tides. The ponds host a variety of unusual plants and animals, many of which are only found in this fragile environment.

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