Hawaii: Militarizing a National Park on the Big Island
Nice prison-type walls at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park. I’m sure the local cops love the effect
Last year my wife and I toured Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park, known in ancient times as “The Place of Refuge”, during a visit to the Big Island of Hawaii for a medical conference. After a pleasant greeting from the young woman at the main entrance, we approached a counter at the park office to buy water and look at other items for sale. To our astonishment, we were met with arrogance and venom by so-called “park rangers” who ostentatiously brandished side-arms along with contempt for our queries. To think that a place of traditional refuge would be overseen by rude, militarized law-enforcement types is beyond our comprehension. Their actions showed disrespect not only for us, but for the sacred Hawaiian site they guard so jealously.
Refuge, but at what price?