Puuhonua O Honaunau

The sign at the entryway of Puuhonua O Honaunau. This sacred Place of Refuge was a sanctuary for noncombatants and defeated warriors in ancient conflicts, as well as a haven for breakers of the strict kapu(laws.) Here gods could be appeased and wrongs put right by resident kahuna(priests.) This restored historic site has a helau(temple) that protects remains of past chiefs, along with an enormous rock wall that encompasses the heiau, palace grounds with thatched houses, and a small beach reserved for royal canoe landings. The following photos were taken here.

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