I have visited this amazing place a number of times, always fascinated by the history and location.
I started the first sketches out on the lava flow in front of the heiah, and soon started the oil painting. I omitted any other newer houses along the shoreline.
[colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU: AA130118
• Title: Place Of Sanctuary
• Subject: Heiah
• Location: Hawaii
• Completed: XXX
• Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Canvas
• Style: Two Worlds
• Colors: Blue, Green
• Signed: Yes
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• Purchase: Giclee, Other
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The historical park preserves the site where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a kapu (one of the ancient laws) could avoid certain death by fleeing to this place of refuge or puʻuhonua. The offender would be absolved by a priest and freed to leave.
Defeated warriors and non-combatants could also find refuge here during times of battle. The grounds just outside the Great Wall that encloses the puʻuhonua were home to several generations of powerful chiefs.
The park contains a reconstruction of the Hale O Keawe heiau, which was originally built by a Kona chief named Kanuha in honor of his father King Keaweʻīkekahialiʻiokamoku. It was believed that additional protection to the place of refuge was received from the mana in the bones of the chiefs. It survived several years after other temples were destroyed.