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In old Hawaii, 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 puuhonua, 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, 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 this place is still considered sacred and has a very special feeling as you enter. There are amazing carved statues throughout and a map explaining the significance of all the structures. We loved our walk around this special place and finished it with some amazing swimming next door at 2 step. Issy and Mikey swam out to the dolphins, while we played in the tidal pools amongst the turtles and colorful fish!
To top our day off we found the local Poke shop and enjoyed a fresh poke lunch! YUMMO!
A great way to spend Christmas Eve!
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