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Place of Refuge interesting snorkel spot on Big Island

This structure serves as a canoe house today; before the arrival of Westerners, Hawaiians who broke a kapu (one of the ancient laws) could avoid certain death by fleeing to this place of refuge

This structure serves as a canoe house today; before the arrival of Westerners, Hawaiians who broke a kapu (one of the ancient laws) could avoid certain death by fleeing to this place of refuge

Achilles tang; Place of Refuge was our first snorkeling stop on the Big Island and is often rated among the best on the island (I would agree)

Achilles tang; Place of Refuge was our first snorkeling stop on the Big Island and is often rated among the best on the island (I would agree)

This temple was a royal mausoleum housing the bones of 23 Hawaiian chiefs; Honaunau (Place of Refuge) was designated a US national park in 1961

This temple was a royal mausoleum housing the bones of 23 Hawaiian chiefs; Honaunau (Place of Refuge) was designated a US national park in 1961

School of raccoon butterflyfish; admission to the park was $20 but I have a US National Park pass which provides free entry

School of raccoon butterflyfish; admission to the park was $20 but I have a US National Park pass which provides free entry

The feral goats somehow managed to find enough to eat despite often living in barren lava fields; this was my first visit to the Big Island since 1993

The feral goats somehow managed to find enough to eat despite often living in barren lava fields; this was my first visit to the Big Island since 1993

Wooden images of Hawaiian gods stand on the shore to alert visitors of the great sacred nature of this location; mornings tended to be sunny but it would cloud up in the afternoons

Wooden images of Hawaiian gods stand on the shore to alert visitors of the great sacred nature of this location; mornings tended to be sunny but it would cloud up in the afternoons

Snorkeling at City of Refuge was very popular but there were few good entry and exit points; there exists no real beach here just rough lava

Snorkeling at City of Refuge was very popular but there were few good entry and exit points; there exists no real beach here just rough lava

Yellow tang were definitely the most commonly seen fish in waters around the Big Island; this fish, which eats algae, is common in the aquarium trade with 70% of them coming from Hawaii

Yellow tang were definitely the most commonly seen fish in waters around the Big Island; this fish, which eats algae, is common in the aquarium trade with 70% of them coming from Hawaii

I didn't remember goats being all over the island when I visited 30 years ago; there were hundreds at the CIty of Refuge but we'd even see them eating grasses along the side of the highway

I didn't remember goats being all over the island when I visited 30 years ago; there were hundreds at the CIty of Refuge but we'd even see them eating grasses along the side of the highway

The Great Wall was built in the 1500s and is 1000 ft long, 10 ft high and 17 ft thick; this wall defined the sacred space and was built without cut stones or mortar

The Great Wall was built in the 1500s and is 1000 ft long, 10 ft high and 17 ft thick; this wall defined the sacred space and was built without cut stones or mortar

Ancient Hawaiians would play Konane, a strategy game using black and white pebbles on a lava stone; the game has similarities to checkers and draughts

Ancient Hawaiians would play Konane, a strategy game using black and white pebbles on a lava stone; the game has similarities to checkers and draughts

The Place of Refuge was sought by Hawaiians who broke laws such as catching a fish out of season, a woman eating with a man or a commoner casting his shadow on a chief

The Place of Refuge was sought by Hawaiians who broke laws such as catching a fish out of season, a woman eating with a man or a commoner casting his shadow on a chief

This map of the Big Island shows Mauna Kea as the volcano in the north and Mauna Loa dominates the south; Kona is in the center of the west coast while Hilo is on the easternmost point

This map of the Big Island shows Mauna Kea as the volcano in the north and Mauna Loa dominates the south; Kona is in the center of the west coast while Hilo is on the easternmost point

We saw plenty of parrotfish but they were often too deep to photograph; H┼Źnaunau is one of only 4 places where the flag of Hawaii can officially fly alone without the American flag; the other three are Iolani Palace, the Mauna Ala and Thomas Square

We saw plenty of parrotfish but they were often too deep to photograph; H┼Źnaunau is one of only 4 places where the flag of Hawaii can officially fly alone without the American flag; the other three are Iolani Palace, the Mauna Ala and Thomas Square

There were no goats in Hawaii prior to the arrival of Captain Cook; Westerners gave goats to the Hawaiians as gifts but these domesticated animals eventually escaped and rapidly reproduced, creating large populations of wild goats

There were no goats in Hawaii prior to the arrival of Captain Cook; Westerners gave goats to the Hawaiians as gifts but these domesticated animals eventually escaped and rapidly reproduced, creating large populations of wild goats

Schools of whitebar surgeonfish were a common sight; Honaunau became a royal center for Hawaii in the early 1600s and continued until 1819 when the traditional kapu social structure collapsed

Schools of whitebar surgeonfish were a common sight; Honaunau became a royal center for Hawaii in the early 1600s and continued until 1819 when the traditional kapu social structure collapsed

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