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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
This place has as much spiritual power (mana) as any cathedral. The pu'uhonua or place of refuge was a place in the not too distant past where women and children could escape in times of war. The pu'uhonua was a place where a defeated warrior could go to receive purification and atonement.

The pu'uhonua was a place where someone who broke one of the kapu (rules or dictums) of hawaiian law could go to receive forgiveness and purification by the Kapuna (Kahuna). If the kapu breaker didn't make it to a place of refuge the penalty for their crime was usually death.

Much of this historic site is well preserved. You will gain a real appreciation for the culture of the Hawaiian people. This Pu'uhonua is still considered to be sacred by native Hawaiians so please treat this place with the same respect as you would any church, temple, or mosque.

Directions: Located just south of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Website: http://www.nps.gov/puho/

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 29, 2007
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