Upon arriving at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, stop at the Visitor Center and pick up a map of the grounds. The Pu'uhonua was a place of refuge from certain death if a commoner broke the "kapu" or laws that regulated the ancient Hawaiian's everyday life. If a law was broken and the guilty party could swim to a pu'uhonua, a ceremony of absolution was performed and that individual was allowed to return home safely. No blood could be shed on a pu'uhonua.
The map has numbered areas and a trail to follow with explanations of each area of historical significance. This place is sacred to the Hawaiians. Green sea turtles come to the Keone'ele Cove, and you actually have a good chance of seeing them. But do not enter the water there or approach the turtles in any way. Keone'ele Cove was the royal canoe landing and forbidden to commoners.
There is a beautiful swimming and snorkeling beach next to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau. You can visit the Place of Refuge and then swim in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific. For more information, visit the website: www.nps.gov/puho
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau is an incredibly beautiful and unspoiled place. From the beautiful soft sand beach, to the lava field, to the tall palm trees swaying in the island breezes along the incredibly blue ocean, you will see the grandeur of what Hawaii once was, and still is, in this special place.
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