Pu’uhonua Cultural Festival was held in June

Kuha'o Kawaauhau , Reporter

Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau was considered as a sacred place of refuge where all people can feel the spirit of peace and forgiveness. In ancient times, Kapu restrictions or laws were placed upon sacred Temple sights, or Heiau where no one was ever allowed to walk. Anyone who breaks the sacred Kapu, death is his severe punishment inflicted by the Ali’i. In order to be saved, one must escape to Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau, a place where you can be forgiven for the breaking of the Kapu system. The Kahuna Pule will perform a ceremony of purification and absolution, and you can return back to normal life in the community.

On Saturday, June 25th, 2016, an annual Hawaiian cultural Festival was celebrated and held at Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau in South Kona. Native Hawaiian cultural demonstrators and practitioners gathered for an opening ceremony at Hale o Keawe Heiau beginning with Hula, (dance), chanting, and drumming. They were followed by the cultural festivities which took place by the National Historic Park. Cultural celebrations included Ohe Hano Ihu, nose flute making, Ohe pu, bamboo conch, Ipu, and Pahu making.

If you’re planning to visit  Puʻuhonua, please treat this sacred sight with respect; do not take the rocks from the Heiau or climb on its walls surrounding the royal grounds. See the Puʻuhonua Superintendent for more information.