A Watchful God On the Big Island
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau – A Place of Refuge
The Traveler in Hawaii
It is where sinners come to find refuge from the consequences of their sin, and a new life.
That’s the watered-down Haule (white man) version of Pu’uhonua o Honaunau on Honaunau Bay South of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Back in the day, Hawaiian society was based on the Kapu – or laws from the Gods. Commoners were subject to a brutal system of laws: men and woman shall not eat together; a commoner shall not let his shadow fall across the path of the royals (nor even look in their general direction).