[Big Island Day 4] Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

After a very brief stay at Kealakekua Bay, we headed to another historical park just a few miles south. Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, in my opinion, is the most interesting historical park on Big Island, and it is a must-visit destination!

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Unlike to park at Kealakekua Bay, this park has all the necessary amenities. There were brochures at the visitor center, and the self-guided tour route was easy to follow.

The site consists of two sections: the royal grounds and the pu’uhonua. The ali’i and their warriors lived on the royal grounds. The pu’uhonua, place of refuge, is at the other side of the great wall. It was the place for the people who broke the law. If they were able to escape from the warriors and swim across the ocean to this place, they would be forgiven. Also, if there was a war, people could seek refuge within the Pu’uhonua and return home at the end regardless of the outcome.

I need to visit this park again. I didn’t pick up a brochure at the beginning and walked a bit too fast. I want to walk slowly, read the brochure, and examine all the buildings and artefacts along the way.


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