Kona, Hawaii: Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Kona, Hawaii,  Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Place of Refuge, City of Refuge, Kona photgraphy,  Hawaii Photography, #BigIsland, #HawaiiOn the lava flats of southern Kona, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau is a traditional Hawaiian preserve also know as The Place of Refuge.  Honaunau Bay was a natural place for the ali’i-royal chiefs- to establish residences due to it’s sheltered canoe landing and availability of drinking water.Kona, Hawaii,  Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Place of Refuge, City of Refuge, Kona photgraphy,  Hawaii Photography, #BigIsland, #HawaiiSeparated from the royal grounds by a massive wall was the pu’uhonua, a place of refuge for defeated warriors and those who violated kapu, the sacred laws.Kona, Hawaii,  Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Place of Refuge, City of Refuge, Kona photgraphy,  Hawaii Photography, #BigIsland, #HawaiiIn 1819 Kamehameha II abolished traditional religious practices and many of the old religious sites and structures were destroyed or abandoned.  In the 1920′s the area was made into a county park, then in 1961 became a national historical park.Kona, Hawaii,  Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Place of Refuge, City of Refuge, Kona photgraphy,  Hawaii Photography, #BigIsland, #HawaiiThese two Ki’i guardians stand watch over the rebuilt temple and mausoleum that once held the bones of 23 noble chiefs.

This self-guided tour offers picnicking sites, fishing, and hiking all for a $5 parking/entrance fee. The stunning landscape, rich history, and serene grounds make for a great afternoon drive and tour.  Locals are often making crafts near the visitor’s center and gift shop area.

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