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A Place of Refuge

May 18, 2012
The land surrounding the Pu`uhonua was property of the chiefs- access to this sanctuary was from the ocean.

The land surrounding the Pu`uhonua was property of the chiefs- access to this sanctuary was from the ocean.

The late Ranger Tom talks about the concept of a refuge place and what it meant for Hawaiian society. Once you entered a Pu’uhonua, you were cleansed and all transgressions forgiven- never to be spoken of again. Near the place of refuge at Honaunau  Pu`uhonua  Honaunau ( a national park site now) A fierce battle for control of Hawaii Island took place between Kamehameha and his brother. All the villagers and wounded went to the pu`uhonau for sanctuary.

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