Temple in City of Refuge, Hawaii 1980

Childs, Iraphne R. (1980) Temple in City of Refuge, Hawaii 1980. [Image]

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The reconstructed Hale o Keawe Heiau (temple) at Puuhonua O Honaunau (City of Refuge), Honaunau Bay, Kona. The original temple, built around 1650 housed the bones of at least 23 chiefs, including a son of Kamehameha I, buried on these sacred grounds in 1818. It was believed that the mana in the bones of the dead chiefs gave additional protection to the place of refuge, Puuhonua O Honaunau (City of Refuge). Ancient laws of Hawaiian society and culture were very strict. The penalty for breaking a kapu (taboo) was death, but if a transgressor could reach a puuhonua (refuge) he or she could be absolved by a kahuna (priest) in a purification ceremony and return home forgiven. The Puuhonu O Honaunau on the Big Island of Hawaii is the most famous and best preserved of the Places of Refuge. Now a major tourist attraction.

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Item Type: Image
Collection: Asia-Pacific Images: 1970s-1990s
Keywords: refuges; temples; coastal scenes
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:02
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 19:38
Copyright Owner: Copyright Iraphne R. Childs.
CountryState or RegionCity or TownPlace
United States of AmericaHawaiiHonaunau-NapoopooPuuhonua City of Refuge
URI: https://digitalcollections.qut.edu.au//id/eprint/150
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