Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is located in Honaunau near the famous snorkeling location known as Two Step. Pu’uhonua means a city of refuge. In old Hawai’i, if a sacred law (kapu) was broken the punishment was death. If one could avoid their pursuers and make it to a pu’uhonua their life would not be taken.
As you enter the park the great lava rock wall rises up marking the boundaries between the royal grounds and the sanctuary. Several ki’i (wooden tikis) surround the Hale o Keawe temple which contains the bones of the chiefs that infuse the area with their power or mana (a sacred supernatural force power).
Park hours are 7:00 am to 15 minutes before sunset. To learn more about the City of Refuge, visit https://www.nps.gov/puho/index.htm.