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City of Refuge Hawaii Website, and Virtual tour
Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2004-11-04 10:34 am   Permalink


Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

http://www.nps.gov/puho/


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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2004-11-04 10:46 am   Permalink

This is really cool - but note to all Mac OS X users - Safari won't work for the virtual images, use IE as your browser instead....
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dangergirl299
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From: Bay Area
Posted: 2004-11-04 10:55 am   Permalink

it's an awesome place! there is some strong mojo working there though - the first time I was there I took like 100 digitial pics and then they mysteriously disappeared from my camera a few hours later.

the second time I went they were renovating the heaiu so the scaffolding kind of got in the way of my pics...

next time will be better! luckily I get to visit there often thanks to the parents.

Hunter S. Thompson writes about this place in his book "The Curse of Lono" - some good illustrations by Steadman of the tikis in it too.


 
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Tiki Bird
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From: Cerritos, Ca.
Posted: 2004-11-04 11:53 am   Permalink

I to have been there, and its amazing, lots of turtles in the little bay as well. Will try to post some pics.

 
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tikifish
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From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2004-11-04 12:54 pm   Permalink

Definitley a very spiritual vibe about that place. And I'm not usually hooky-pooky about that kind of stuff.

Someone should take some levitation pictures there!


 
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Rum Balls
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Posted: 2004-11-04 1:22 pm   Permalink

Highly recommended if you visit the Big Island.

 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2004-11-05 7:57 pm   Permalink

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[i]On 2004-11-04 12:54, tikifish wrote:

Definitley a very spiritual vibe about that place. And I'm not usually hooky-pooky about that kind of stuff.




Procinema29 previously posted a very spiritual heiau story:

This is something I've posted elsewhere on the Net, and I thought that you folks in particular would appreciate it...it may also, to a degree, explain why I take this stuff somewhat seriously...

The events described might just have been a coincidence, by the way, so please take the following story only as an anecdote:

When I was much younger, ten years old to be exact, I visited some relatives in Hawaii. With my relatives, I went on a tour of some historic sites, including a sacred burial ground (these are called "heiaus"). This heiau was many hundreds of years old, and royalty was buried there. The tour guide explained that we must disturb nothing on the site, and that we must act respectfully at all times during our visit. He also explained that--as is also apparently true of many historic sites throughout the world--strange things tended to happen to people who tried to take anything from the site (rocks, etc.).

To be more specific, he said that people who tried to take things from the site were not allowed to leave. The site was watched over by guardian spirits. He was very serious about this, and said that people coming in using cars or bicycles, for example, would experience mechanical problems that would persist, and prevent them from leaving, until they put back whatever it was they had taken.

Being young, I thought it would be a good idea to try to test this. So while we were looking around, I picked up a very small pebble from the path, very tiny, and put it in my pocket. I thought I was being really clever.

When the tour was over, we all got in the car to leave. My aunt turned the key in the ignition, but the engine wouldn't start--it made only a squeaking, whining sound. After this went on for a few moments, I figured I knew what was happening, and started shouting for someone to roll a window down. I almost got hysterical. They didn't know what I was shouting about, but someone did roll a window down. I reached into my pocket and threw the pebble out the window. And at that very moment, the car engine roared to life. We drove out of there, and I never did anything like that again.

Once again, this might easily have been just a coincidence. But it sure made an impression on me. Was something trying to put the fear into me that day? I don't know, but I believe a good scare can often be a useful learning experience.

Hope you like my story! Thanks for reading.

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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2004-11-05 8:28 pm   Permalink

Maybe this is a direct link

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dangergirl299
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From: Bay Area
Posted: 2004-11-08 11:05 am   Permalink

the first time I was on the big island, I thought it would be "cool" to collect both a piece of the black lava rock and a piece of white coral. I immediately took ill; couldn't keep anything down for about 5 days, and finally went to the emergency room (which ended up costing me a lot, since I didn't have health insurance at the time). they said they could see nothing wrong with me. I learned that day though that it was bad luck to keep the black lava rock, so I returned it to the ground and then I got better.

still, on my last day there, when i felt better but was pretty weak, all my digital pics of the place of refuge disappeared, and then when I went snorkeling, I almost drowned! I must have pissed Pele off!

happy Haole to be alive,

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christiki295
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Posted: 2006-11-22 11:53 pm   Permalink

More photos:

http://tropicdiver.com/refuge.htm


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alohacurrent
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Posted: 2006-11-23 4:08 pm   Permalink

A few pictures from place of refuge. Try to get there early in the morning before the crowds arrive to get the best pictures. In the second and last photo you can see the haze from the volcano bog. When the trades shut down the volcanic gas tends to drift north towards Captain Cook.







 
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tiki junkman
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From: Kava Lava Lounge, Aurora, IL
Posted: 2006-11-25 09:46 am   Permalink

I just got back from Hawaii from a family vacation a week ago. I have never been and it was so incredible. This site was on the top of my list to visit. It really was an amazing place. I tool a lot of pics and then a roll of black and whites. Some turned out pretty cool.


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ookoo lady
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Posted: 2006-11-25 10:48 am   Permalink




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PEDDRO
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Joined: Feb 29, 2004
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From: Coburg VIC, AUSTRALIA
Posted: 2007-02-11 9:55 pm   Permalink

Me and my wife visited the Place of Refuge just a few weeks ago. I just HAD to go to see this place....but I swear I hadn't seen this thread NOR the photo above before we went there!



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Surfer
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Posted: 2007-02-20 11:59 am   Permalink

This is probably my first post, but had to add this little tidbit...Visited the "Place of Refuge" on super bowl Sunday. While there I phoned my wife on the mainland, and she said "look for a heart shaped rock" not six inches from my foot was a heart shaped piece of coral. Now, we know not to disturb Pele, but presents from the ocean are acceptable, and this heart became not only my souvenir, but a spiritual symbol. I truly feel a deeper connection with my wife (of twenty years) had the best of many of my trips to the islands, found a great overhead break on the way back to Kailua and the infusion of aloha has not subsided yet.

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