• The Sacred Hale o Keawe Heiau Protects the Pu'uhonua

    Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau

    National Historical Park Hawai'i

A Furious Journey of Life or Death was Determined by the Gods

Imagine you had just broken the sacred laws, the kapu, and the only punishment was death.  Your only chance of survival is to elude your pursuers and reach the Pu'uhonua, a place of refuge.  The Pu'uhonua protected the kapu breaker, defeated warriors, as well as civilians during the time of battle.  No harm could come to those who reached the boundaries of the place of refuge.

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Did You Know?

Ki'i standing watch over Keone'ele Cove

Did you know that the ki'i (carved wooden images) found throughout the park are carved from the 'ōhi'a tree? This tree grows in the uplands of Hawai'i and is among the first plants to colonize new lava flows.