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Place of Refuge
Place of Refuge

Before it was abolished in 1820 by King Kamehameha II the kapu system
meant that there was a penalty of death for such things as standing in
the shadow of an Ali'i (nobleman) and even for men and women eating
together. However, if you were able to make your way to the Place
of Refuge then the Kahuna (priest), under pain of death himself, had to
provide you with sanctuary and absolution.

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