In Hawaii, on the Big Island just south of Kona is the City of Refuge, known as Puuhonua O Honaunau.
In ancient times, Puuhonua O Honaunau was the place where those who had broken laws could go to be forgiven and to avoid death.
Today, it’s a place where people go to ponder what needs to be released in their lives.
Seeking Forgiveness At Puuhonua O Honaunau
While it used to be the place that people went for a second chance at life, I think when we ask for forgiveness from others and truly forgive others and ourselves, we give ourselves a second chance at life, too.
Also, this sacred site is a wonderful spot to practice the Hawaiian ritual of Ho’oponopono, the ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness
Ho’oponopono uses the steps of repentance, forgiveness, gratitude, and love to put things in right order with another.
Please forgive me
I love you
This is a beautiful practice to do to remind yourself that there is nothing as powerful as love.
Puuhonua O Honaunau is one of the places you absolutely must visit on the Big Island. The feeling of mana, or spirit, is very powerful here. And if you come and are fully present, you will feel it, and leave forever changed.
For me, a surreal thing happened right at sunset. The entire sky turned dark, momentarily blocking all light. Suddenly, the light peered through. And I was reminded that the light will always win. Light doesn’t have to fight the darkness. Because light turns the darkness into light just by illuminating it. We are that light.