Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

  • carved wooden spiritual totems

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Pu`uhonua O Honaunau Information

Hawaii's Pu'uhonua National Park formerly protected defeated warriors and civilians during battle. The park includes a complex of archaeological sites.

Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park preserves the site where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a kapu or one of the ancient laws against the gods could avoid certain death by fleeing to this place of refuge or "pu`uhonua". The offender was absolved by a priest and freed to leave. Defeated warriors and non-combatants could also find refuge here during times of battle. The grounds just outside the Great Wall that encloses the pu`uhonua were home to several generations of powerful chiefs.

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