Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park, Hale O Keawe reconstructed temple with wood carvings, South Kona Coast, Big Island. Ki'i totem images wood, near water warned that the dock canoes on the beach was for the exclusive use of the head and his assistants. Pu'uhonua. Honaunau National Historic Park. Big Island. Hawaii. Up until the early 19th century on Big Island, Hawaiians who broke the law could avoid a punishment of death by fleeing to a region of the west coast known as pu'uhonua, or "place of refuge," where they would be forgiven by an area priest. In present day, this place of refuge is a historical landmark preserved by the park service. It's also an extremely popular outing for Big Island vacationers, and the pictures make it easy to see why. Not only will you enjoy Pu'uhonua o Honaunau if you have a penchant for history and trivia, but it's also exploding with eye-catching temples, intricate ki'i (wood carvings) and plenty of the Honu, (or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) that live on the premises. And the breathtaking scenery, of course — the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is located near some of the best snorkeling beaches of Big Island.