Stock Photo - Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park City of Refuge Temple. Big Island. Hawaii. Up until the early 19th century on Big Island, Hawaiians who broke the law could avoid a punishment of death by fleeing to a region of the west coast known as pu´uhonua, or ""place of refuge,"" where they would be forgiven by an area priest. In present day, this place of refuge is a historical landmark preserved by the park service. It´s also an extremely popular outing for Big Island vacationers, and the pictures make it easy to see why. Not only will you enjoy Pu´uhonua o Honaunau if you have a penchant for history and trivia, but it´s also exploding with eye-catching temples, intricate ki´i (wood carvings) and plenty of the Honu, (or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) that live on the premises. And the breathtaking scenery, of course — the Pu´uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is located near some of the best snorkeling beaches of Big Island.

Stock Photo: Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park City of Refuge Temple. Big Island. Hawaii. Up until the early 19th century on Big Island.

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