Bishop Museum Media

"City of Refuge" National Historical Park 1969

Filmed in 1969 this program shows customs and construction at Puʻuhonua o Honaunau (City of Refuge) and includes the structures there as well as reenactments. Footage includes scenes of a man practicing wielding a spear; prostrating, lying flat on the ground, in the presence of aliʻi; a kahuna walking; people building and thatching the Hale o Keawe and other structures for the refuge; notched wood joints for the frames; carving with an adze; binding wood joints with cord; a ceremonial event; and a reenactment of someone being chased and trying to get to the Puʻuhonua before they are caught, including scenes of a man being chased by two other men, both parties running and jumping into the water, and a boat trying to land but being turned back. This footage is from Bishop Museum accession number 1988.0088.0020.

Languages: English


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