Hawaii’s Historical Place of Refuge

Pu’uhonua O Honaunau Historical Park is an ancient land where King Kamehameha II and his family once resided. You can tour the sacred land and walk where the royals once walked!We really enjoyed the ranger talk and learned a lot about Hawaii’s rich culture.

We learned all about the traditional ways of life and the “kapu” (Hawaiian laws). Things like eating in the presence of the opposite sex, fishing out of season, or standing in the shadow of an Ali’i (Hawaiian royalty) were punishable by death! Your only salvation would be to reach Pu’uhonua O Honaunau. If you made it onto this sacred land, a priest would absolve you of your crimes and you were allowed to live.

This place of refuge is such a special place to see. During the colonization of Hawaiians in the 1800s, all of Hawaiian culture, language, tradition, and even dancing were strictly outlawed. There were as many as 30 places of refuge throughout Hawaii at one time. This one is the only one still standing.

While you are in the area, be sure to visit Two Step Beach. It is right next to the park and a great place to snorkel and go tide pooling.

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