Pu’uhonua o Honaunau [Place of Refuge] (Big-Island)

Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park in Hawaii is a “place of refuge” from old times. Rain clouds tumbled and rolled overhead while bright but low sunlight tangled and played in the west—all combining to create a sense of what may well be best described as “Spirit of Hawaii.” I could all but hear the rituals that had been performed hundreds of years ago. The choice of infrared photography for this image emphasizes the contrast between the black volcanic rocks and the lush vegetation.

© Lars Michael

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