Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
The story behind this park is sensational. If you broke the law, you were subject to death in ancient Hawaiian times. The Pu’uhonua was a place a refuge. If you could elude your pursuers and make it to this refuge site, you were safe. The journey must have be treacherous across open ocean waters and lava rock. Once you arrived, the priests would pray for forgiveness and you would be saved.
The sanctuary is surrounded by royal grounds where the chiefs lived. You can tour the village and see some of the artifacts. It’s an awesome insight into island’s rich history.
This site is still considered sacred. Please be respectful. No sunbathing or recreational activities are allowed.