Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Park

Take a step back in time at the last fully preserved archaeological “City of Refuge” at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Park. The word “Puʻuhonua” loosely translates to a place of refuge for one pursued; a place of safety in time of war; which is exactly what it was. It was a place where women, children, and elders who, in times of war, waited in safety until battles or disputes were over. The city of refuge was a place where those who broke the law or lost in battle sought a second chance. They could seek refuge if they were able to outswim or out paddle the warriors of Hōnaunau. These warriors who enforced sacred laws were conveniently located on the royal grounds next to the Puʻuhonua. Once a fugitive reached the Puʻuhonua, they prayed for forgiveness with a Kahu (spiritual advisor ) to ancient gods/ ancestors and were allowed to leave unharmed. This culturally significant area also includes Hale of Keawe, the Great Wall and cultural practices that remain part of Hawaiian Culture to this day. Entrance to this park is $20.00 and they are open 7 days a week. We encourage you to purchase the tri-park pass for $55.00 if you plan to also visit the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park and Haleakalā National Park (Maui). We encourage you to bring a sun hat, water and cool clothing, as this area can become very hot and humid. For information visits: Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Park

 

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Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Park

Take a step back in time at the last fully preserved archaeological “City of Refuge” at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Park. The word “Puʻuhonua” loosely translates to a place of refuge for one pursued; a place of safety in time of war; which is exactly what it was. It was a place where women, children, and elders who, in times of war, waited in safety until battles or disputes were over. The city of refuge was a place where those who broke the law or lost in battle sought a second chance. They could seek refuge if they were able to outswim or out paddle the warriors of Hōnaunau. These warriors who enforced sacred laws were conveniently located on the royal grounds next to the Puʻuhonua. Once a fugitive reached the Puʻuhonua, they prayed for forgiveness with a Kahu (spiritual advisor ) to ancient gods/ ancestors and were allowed to leave unharmed. This culturally significant area also includes Hale of Keawe, the Great Wall and cultural practices that remain part of Hawaiian Culture to this day. Entrance to this park is $20.00 and they are open 7 days a week. We encourage you to purchase the tri-park pass for $55.00 if you plan to also visit the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park and Haleakalā National Park (Maui). We encourage you to bring a sun hat, water and cool clothing, as this area can become very hot and humid. For information visits: Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Park

 

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