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Puuhonua - Honaunau National Historical Park is a US National Historical Park located on the Big Island of Hawaii. The park preserves the site where up until the early 19th century Hawaiians who broke an ancient law could avoid death by fleeing to this place of refuge or puuhonua. Here, the offender would be absolved by a priest and freed to leave. Defeated warriors could also find refuge here during times of battle. The grounds just outside the wall that encloses the puuhonua were home to several generations of powerful chiefs.
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Puuhonua - Honaunau National Historical Park is a US National Historical Park located on the Big Island of Hawaii. The park preserves the site where up until the early 19th century Hawaiians who broke an ancient law could avoid death by fleeing to this place of refuge or puuhonua. Here, the offender would be absolved by a priest and freed to leave. Defeated warriors could also find refuge here during times of battle. The grounds just outside the wall that encloses the puuhonua were home to several generations of powerful chiefs.