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Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park

Place of Refuge

We are starting our ten day four Island trip to the Hawaiin Islands and theres no better way than to start on the Big Island.

Lava Rock Walls Lava Rock Walls

Pu’uhonua o Honaunau Park is on the west coast of the island just over a half hour from Kona Airport. It would be about a two hour drive from Hilo airport.

View of the Park View of the Park

Known previously as the city of refuge, until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a Kapu (ancient law) could avoid death by fleeing to this place of refuge (pu’uhonua). The person who broke the law would be declared free of blame by a priest and freed to leave.

Reflection in a Lava Rock Pool Reflection in a Lava Rock Pool

The park is around 400 acres on the Honaunau Bay and for several centuries the home of Hawaiian Royalty as well as the sanctuary.

Hale o Keawe Hale o Keawe

The Hale o Keawe or temple is a reconstruction as are the other dwellings on the site. All of the dwellings were destroyed in the mid eighteen hundreds.

Carved Hawaiian Kii’s Carved Hawaiian Kii’s

Kii Kii

These figures are the protectors Kii (statues) that overlook the Place of Refuge.

Warrior Like Warrior Like

Hale or House Hale or House

What a View What a View

It is easy to see why Royalty would stay in this area as the views and access to water makes it an ideal area.

Carved Face Carved Face

Although there is not too much to see except a great view especially on a beautiful day, if your driving along the west coast of the big island it is worth a few hours of your time.

Keeping Guard Keeping Guard

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