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Pu'uhonua o Honaunau



A few times in my photographic history, I've come to very photogenic locations and not wanted to take photos.  The most spectacular example is San Francisco - I took two photographs the whole day.  The City of Refuge was similar for me - cool site, difficult light.

The city of refuge is an ancient site - it was built around 1550.  Because of the tropical environment, any wood structures have to be replaced periodically.  Close to the entrance gate is the royal grounds.

A Frame with CarverMike Explaining Konane

After exploring the royal village we came out to see the royal canoe landing - a cove cut to land visiting parties.

Keone'ele (Royal Cove)

A few places around the site have Ik'i - wood people.  These would be totem poles in BC.  In the A frame building above, a Hawaiian carver was working on a new pole to replace an aging pole near the temple.

Ki'i with Cove BehindKi'i

Hale o KeaweWall Around Temple

The last site that amazed me was 'Ale'ale'a - a platform that huts were probably place on.  This large foundation is square, and very well built - I have no idea how to fit stones that precisely.

Favorite Bench (Keoua Stone)

Mauna Kea Telescopes | Hawaii Volcanoes | City of Refuge| Resort | Snorkeling | Whale Watching




Keone'ele (Royal Cove)
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A Frame with Carver
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Ki'i with Cove Behind
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Favorite Bench (Keoua Stone)
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Mike Explaining Konane
Wall Around Temple
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Ki'i
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Hale o Keawe
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