Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

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Pu`Uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Pu`Uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Source: Wikimedia)

Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Park Information

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 would 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.

The 182 acre park, established in 1961, includes the pu`uhonua and a complex of archeological sites including: temple platforms, royal fishponds, sledding tracks, and some coastal village sites.

The Hale o Keawe temple and several thatched structures have been reconstructed.

Agency Name:

National Park Service



Geographic Location


Contact Info

Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

P.O. Box 129

Honaunau, HI

96726


Additional Info

  • “Be A Junior Ranger – PuÊ»uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)”. Accessed May 09, 2020. Link.



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