Place of Refuge - Pu'uhonua
by ALOHA DEAN
Place of Refuge - Pu'uhonua o Honaunau . The place of refuge is an ancient site - it was built around 1550. Because of the tropical environment, any wood structures have to be replaced periodically. Close to the entrance gate is the royal grounds. Massive stone around still standing. After the death Keawe 1650 , his bones were placed in the temple (He was very important chief), the mana of Keawe was belived to protect the entire pu'uhonua. The pu'uhonoa was a sanctuary that time to provide the people with a second chance and no blood could be shed within its confines.
If you are certified diver, the Place of Refuge is "must-do" site and personally one of my all times best shore dives.
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