Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park is not only a national park but a sacred site where native Hawaiians once buried the bones of their chiefs, believing their power infused the land. Puuhonua means a place of refuge. Many people traveled to these sacred grounds for protection against prosecution of crimes or for sanctuary during times of battle. In this park, we traveled back in time to explore the old Hawaii. We saw the ancient Royal Grounds and hiked the 1871 Trail across rough, hardened lava to Ki'ilae Village. I feel so lucky to have been able to experience this beautiful culture and history. This land is truly overflowing with the spirit of peace and forgiveness. This adventure was full of discovery and I recommend stopping here to anyone visiting the Big Island.
Wearing: I thought the watercolor texture and beautiful colors in this dress from Roxy was perfect for Hawaii!
Photos by Andrew Gregor