Pu`uhonua – May 18, 2013 Pacific Island Heritage Word of the Day
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.