City of Refuge, Big Island, Hawaii

Visiting the City of Refuge on the Big Island of Hawaii might be underwhelming at first, but looking back on the visit, I find it completely rewarding in its own way. Here, there’s an abundance of mystery – like what do these statues represent and what was this place when it was at its full capacity. The guide books will tell you that Ancient Hawaiians used to run or swim here when they broke rules that deemed the death penalty. Only by arriving here before their captors, could one be exonerated of such crimes. This would have been especially important for the accused innocents. And so looking over the ruins, you being to imagine running from the enemy – which lava rock would you choose to cross and where in the bay would you arrive – to find the most successful path towards safety.

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