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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Island of Hawai'i, Hawaii

This is one of the longest and strangest names for any unit of the national park system. Pu'uhonua is the Hawaiian term for a "place of refuge", where breakers of kapu (taboo) in the native religion could find safety from punishment. Honaunau is the name of the area, now a village. There are other places of refuge in Hawaii, notably the one at Hauola at the mouth of the Wailua River on Kaua'i.

This relatively spacious "city of refuge" (as it was once named), is bordered by a massive stone wall and contains fishponds, a sheltered landing place, and a heiau (temple). The national park property includes a stretch of coastal trail running south and several village sites. Descendants of Hawai'ian royalty still live nearby.

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau
Wikipedia: Pu'uhonua Honaunau National Historical Park
See also: Honaunau-Napoopoo, Hawaii

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Canoe shelter at Pu'uhonua

Canoe shelter at Pu'uhonua

A thatched shelter with a traditional canoe under construction.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, on the Big Island, Hawaii

Date photographed: March 3, 2011
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Fishpond at Pu'uhonua

Fishpond at Pu'uhonua

A small fishpond at Pu'uhonua.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, on the Big Island, Hawaii

Date photographed: March 3, 2011
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Great Wall at Pu'uhonua

Great Wall at Pu'uhonua

The Great Wall marking the boundary of the place of refuge.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, on the Big Island, Hawaii

Date photographed: March 3, 2011
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Heiau at Pu'uhonua

Heiau at Pu'uhonua

A heiau on the shore at Pu'uhonua.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, on the Big Island, Hawaii

Date photographed: March 3, 2011
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Restored heiau at Pu'uhonua

Restored heiau at Pu'uhonua

Restored Native Hawaiian heiau at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, on the Big Island, Hawaii

Date photographed: March 3, 2011
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Temple enclosure at Pu'uhonua

Temple enclosure at Pu'uhonua

Reconstructed temple enclosure at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, on the Big Island, Hawaii

Date photographed: March 3, 2011
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Tikis at Pu'uhonua

Tikis at Pu'uhonua

Carved wooden tikis front the temple at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, on the Big Island, Hawaii

Date photographed: March 3, 2011
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 Pu'uhonua canoe landing

Pu'uhonua canoe landing

The landing place at Pu'uhonua.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, on the Big Island, Hawaii

Date photographed: March 3, 2011
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Honaunau Bay

Honaunau Bay

Honaunau Bay and landing adjacent to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau.

Honaunau, South Kohala, on the Big Island, Hawaii

Date photographed: March 3, 2011
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