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Go Wild and Step into History at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park!

April 23, 2014

 

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April 19th-27th is National Park Week!

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is located on the South Kona coast on the island of Hawaii. It contains 420 acres of federal lands, including the coastal areas of two ahupua’a (land divisions), Honaunau and Keokea and the upland areas of the Ki’ilae ahupua’a.

The Hawaiian concept of a sanctuary, pu’uhonua, offering people a second chance at life is the primary story at this park. In the centuries before 1819, Hawaiian people caught in extraordinary circumstances, such as being on the losing side in war or breaking kapu (sacred law) could escape the death sentence if they could physically get to the pu’uhonua and receive absolution from the kahuna pule (priest).

A Pu’uhonua is a place of sanctuary for the Hawaiian people and the National Park Service manages these sacred lands to protect and celebrate our unique heritage for the future!

Step into history at your Hawaii National Parks!

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