July 13, 2018

HAWAII : Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau - Big Island

Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau 
National Historical Park - Big Island


Protector kii (statues) at the Place of Refuge, Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Big Island, Hawaii


Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau
big island
H A W A I I


Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located on the west coast of the island of Hawaiʻi in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. The historical park preserves the site where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a kapu (one of the ancient laws) could avoid certain death by fleeing to this place of refuge or puʻuhonua. The offender would be absolved by a priest and freed to leave. Defeated warriors and non-combatants could also find refuge here during times of battle. The grounds just outside the Great Wall that encloses the puʻuhonua were home to several generations of powerful chiefs.


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