Place of Refuge Sunset 2
This is my favorite (and 1 of my only!) landscape images from my recent trip to Hawaii’s Big Island. I was fortunate to photograph this amazing sunset early in my trip during one of the few vog free days. I created it near Pu’uhonau o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Park, which is just south of Capt Cook. The park is one of my favorite places near Kona to spend the day snorkeling, hiking, & exploring. It has a long history & powerful spiritual presence. In ancient Hawaii, kapu (laws) governed every aspect of Hawaiian society. If you violated a kapu, the penalty was death. Your only option for survival was to elude your pursuers and reach the nearest puuhonua, or place of refuge, where you would be safe. Fortunately, I was not on the run from anyone, but I did have to quickly set up my camera to capture these brilliant clouds before the sun dropped below the tropical horizon.