Posted by: donhowarthphotography | April 22, 2010

Pu’uhonua O Honaunau

The skill of the Hawaiian woodcarvers is certainly the equal to any of the Northwest’s Native American tribes. That said, I’m not so sure I’d want to stumble out of that hut some stormy night and face this bunch! I shot this at a National Historical Landmark site called “PU’UHONUA O HONAUNAU”, or Place of Refuge. It’s located about 15 miles south of Kailua-Kona. The historical park preserves the site where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a kapu (one of the ancient laws) could avoid certain death by fleeing to this place of refuge or pu`uhonua. If the offender made it inside the walls of the refuge, they would be absolved by a high priest who lived there. If not, well…

Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 shot at f11 1/125 sec

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