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Sightseeing in Hawaii County

Historic Site
“In old Hawai'i, if you had broken a law, the penalty was death. Perhaps you had entered into an area that was reserved for only the chiefs, or had eaten forbidden foods. Laws, or kapu, governed every aspect of Hawaiian society. The penalty for breaking these laws was certain death. Your only option for survival is to elude your pursuers and reach the nearest pu'uhonua, or place of refuge. As you enter, the great wall rises up before you marking the boundaries between the royal grounds and the sanctuary. Many ki'i (carved wooden images) surround the Hale o Keawe temple, housing the bones of the chiefs that infuse the area with their power or mana. If you reached this sacred place, you would be saved. 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.”
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Historic Site
“Home of the last Alii (royalty) on Hawaii. Lots of interesting artifacts and beautiful koa wood antiques. ”
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Monument / Landmark
“The sulfur banks are a geothermal feature of steam vents. The vapor exiting the vents is high is sulfer and it crystalizes on the surface. The area reminds me of Yellowstone. It is paved and has boardwalks. The trail starts near the visitor center, and leads to the Steaming Bluffs.”
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