Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau will immerse you into the history and sacredness of the Hawaiian culture. Located along the coast of Honaunau Bay, this park was once the grounds for the royals, and was a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers.
In ancient Hawaiian history, breaking sacred laws (kapu) could lead to death. The only way to survive after breaking a sacred law was to escape their pursuers and make it to the Sacred Place of Refuge. Upon arrival, a ceremony would take place and the law-breaker could return back to society.
The Pu'uhonua is still considered a sacred site. Therefore the following restrictions are in effect. No commercial filming, nudity, beach chairs, towels, mats, beach umbrellas, coolers, picnicking, pets, weddings or wedding photos, smoking and recreational activities such as frisbee throwing, football tossing, etc. are permitted. Please help to preserve the Pu'uhonua as in the ancient times.
– National Park Service
Today, you may visit Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and still feel the spirit of peace and forgiveness that continues to surround and bless this special place.
Explore and take a glimpse back into history that homed ancient Hawaiian Ali'i (kings).