Hawaii National Park Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Festival

Beginning on Friday, June 24th, a National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii will celebrate a three day cultural festival for its 50th anniversary. Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on the Kona coast of the island of Hawaii was an ancient place of refuge, and one of the last that has been preserved.
Under the traditional system of kapu (code of conduct) that was the guideline for governing and regulating the people of Hawaii until 1819, Hawaiians had to abide by these hierarchal traditions or face harsh punishment (death). If, however, the offender managed to escape and reach a puuhonua (place of refuge), the offender would be spared from death, and eventually be allowed to return to society. The three day festival will feature canoe rides, hula performances, archaeological hikes and lei-making demonstrations. Festivities will begin at 9:00am and continue to 3:00pm from June 24th to June 26th. Although the park was damaged by the latest tsunami in March, repairs have been completed and the park is fully functional once again. This historic park is a wonderful place to explore on your Hawaii tour. If you are lucky enough to be visiting the Big Island this week, make sure to attend this festival one day

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