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Murals in Hawaii -- Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, Big Island

Murals from Hawaii

These are some murals that were found at the visitor center at Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park in Big Island, Hawaii.

These ceramic murals take us back to ancient Hawaii, bits and parts of Polynesian history and showcase the flora you see on the archipelago.

Pu’uhonua O Honaunau is a place where ancient Hawaiians who had done the forbidden and those warriors who had fared badly in battles went to, to seek refuge. As such this place is also known as the Place of Refuge. It is located on the on the west coast of Big Island.

More about Pu’uhonua O Honaunau here — Lessons in Hawaiian Culture 

Murals in Hawaii - at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, Big Island


Murals in Hawaii: at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau


Murals in Hawaii -- at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau , Big Island
Those could be the volcanoes of that Hawaii is known for. Could this part of the display be taking about the discovery of the island(s)? And the conditions that had to be faced during the discoveries?
Murals in Hawaii: at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau
Murals in Hawaii -- at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, Big Island

Other than those ceramic tiles, the center had these sculptural exhibits on the walls:

Murals, exhibits at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, Big Island, Hawaii
Sculpural exhibits at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau , Big Island, Hawaii
Big Island exhibit at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, Hawaii
Big Island and it’s major volcanoes: Hualalai, Mauna Kea, Kilauea and Mauna Loa.


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  1. Wow Dee this is so unique and awesome:)

  2. Very artistic. So well created.

  3. Looks beautiful. Nice find, Nambiare!

  4. Place of Refuge looks good!

    • This is only a part of it. The Place of Refuge had so much more to show and it really did take me to the past.
      Thank you for stopping by, Mr Bhatia.

  5. A very different kind and unique Mural!

  6. Good artistic presentation of Hawaii culture!
    Happy Travelling.

  7. A little piece of history revived and remembered by this simple yet important murals. I am so glad they even showcases some plants as some of the domesticated plants traveled with Polynesian people to remote islands

    • It does say a lot about their history, I'm sure. This post makes me want to delve deeper into Hawaiian history. And I'm going to do just that, soon. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by, Prasad.

  8. So unique and interesting!

  9. I just love your travel posts!!! They are so spectacular and amazing 🙂
    Great work. Cheers,
    Untraveled Routes

  10. Those images are typical for the Hawaian style, very nice.

  11. Nice murals also a bit in the style of Gaugin. Love them.

  12. Lovely, I agree with S.C.they do look like Gaugin's type of work.

    • I looked up Gaugin's work when he mentioned it. I agree, too. 🙂
      I wish I'd spoken to someone in the visitor center and tried to get more info on these murals.
      I took these pics a few years back, just because I got attracted to the colours and the images. Back then, little did I know I'd be linking to Monday Murals. 😀

      Thank you for coming this way, Sami. 🙂

  13. Great mural celebrating Hawaii's native culture and past. Good find.

  14. Wow…the murals look very interesting 🙂

  15. Interesting murals …Ancient Hawaii in pictures

  16. Great find, I hope that you enjoyed your stay!

  17. Amazing work. Thank you for sharing it so beautifully!

  18. Mystery oozes from the name itself that echoes of taps of some ancient percussion instrument. The murals complete the dome of mystery. Very well taken photographs.

    • It is a melodious language they speak around there — very melodious. 🙂
      It's interesting place; so much history there; the kind that affected me. I'm sure your read the travel account long back. Pu'uhoua O Honaunau did transport me back in time.

      Thank you, USP

  19. Interesting exhibits and beautiful too 🙂

  20. Charming tile murals full of feeling and beauty. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

  21. wow- the murals are so interesting…as is the history behind the whole exhibit

    • The are. I wish I had more info about the murals while I was there.
      I couldn't help clicking a few pics. Never thought that one day I'd be linking it to Monday Mural. 🙂

      Thank you for coming this way again, Marsha. 🙂

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