Hawaii’s historic City of Refuge, is depicted on this 11-cent airmail stamp. The City of Refuge, now a national park, long served as a sanctuary for early Hawaiians seeking purification from temple priests after breaking a taboo and also as a place to escape from enemies. This notion is expressed on the stamp with its portrayal of a statute of Ki’i, an ancient god of the Hawaiian people.

Scott Catalogue USA: C84

Museum ID: 2006.2004.101


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