City of Refuge, Hawaii (Big Island)
During our walk through the park we saw a lot of beautiful historical sites like The Great Wall, Konane Stones (old Hawaiian checker game), Hale O Keawe Heiau (a temple which houses bones of 23 chiefs), Pu'uhonau (refuge area) and the Halau (a frame structure which was used as work shed and for storage).
We used our eyes, ears, senses of touch and smell and our imagination to re-live some of the things that happened here less than 200 years ago...
The grounds just outside The Great Walls that encloses the Pu'uhonaua was home to several generations of powerful chiefs.
This 182-acre park was established in 1961 and includes not only the Pu'uhonau, but a complex of archeological sites including temple platforms, royal fish ponds, sledding tracks and some coastal village sites.
During our walk through the park we saw a lot of beautiful historical sites inside The Great Wall.
Pu'uhonau O Honaunau National Historic Park preserves the site where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a hapu or one of the ancient laws against the gods could avoid an otherwise certain death.
They fled to this place of refuge or Pu'uhonau and could then be absolved by a priest, who lived within its wall, and were free to go. Defeated warriors and non-combatants could also find refuge here during times of battle. The grounds just outside The Great Walls that encloses the Pu'uhonaua was home to several generations of powerful chiefs.
Although Hawaii is certainly a beautiful place, one thing that I think is missing is abundant (and genuine) native culture... Outside of the plastic luau parties of Waikiki, it is somewhat hard to find real Hawaiian cultural .
Among the best places in the Islands to see cultural artifacts are the Bishop Museum in Honolulu and here, the City of Refuge, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau....
In Pu'uhonua, you can find palace remants, huge stone walls, ancient carvings, and other culturally significant buildings.
This area was a sanctuary. Criminals that could reach Pu'unonua safely could be absolved of their crimes, and families could take refuge here during times of war...
Located on the west side of the Big Island, about 4 miles south of the town of Captain Cook...