Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Honaunau

At one time, people could escape certain death after breaking the sacred laws by going to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Today you can take a self-guided tour through the centuries-old history and culture of this sacred site. Discover Kapu, the ancient codes of conduct, and learn about weaving, fishing, and carving. Explore the royal grounds, once the exclusive preserve of the chiefdom of Kona, and view the great wall which encloses the Place of Refuge. Craftspeople demonstrate traditional craft skills such as canoe and wood carving, while skilled storytellers weave ancient tales. Food is not available at the park, so plan accordingly. Plan to see Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Honaunau travel route planner .
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  • Located on Hwy 160 south of Kona, this national historic park charges $5 for entrance. Well worth it - good parking, washrooms, gift shop, and interpretive trail over sand and lava beds to see the rem...  more »
  • This is a beautiful stop. It is very evident why the Hawaiians chose this spot once you are there. The park has a self guided tour and the views cannot be beat.  more »
  • Even if you miss the tours, they make it extremely easy to self-guide yourself through the location as the pamphlet given at the entrance has numbered locations throughout the trail with information o...  more »
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  • A beautiful park loaded with history, the statues were very cool to see. You can listen to the park ranger give a history lesson at certain times throughout the day or do a self guided cell phone tour (there's a sign with instructions). The paths are rocky, I saw some older folks struggling to get around. We walked over lava rocks in the ocean and checked out the tides pools. There's also a swimming beach near by that looked nice and busy. There's a gift shop, restrooms and drinking fountains. The scenic route was a fun way to get there.
  • This is a great historical site to visit on the Big Island! This was a site of royal grounds for the ancient Hawaiians as well as a Place of Refuge. The grounds are truly beautiful with a crystal clear bay, white sands and palm trees, as well as lava rock and freshwater ponds. Our guide was extremely well informed (she was a native after all) and you could tell she was genuinely excited about the history she was telling us. It doesn't take long to go through the entire park but it is definitely worth visiting to learn about Hawaiian history and for the scenery.
  • This little historical nature reserve will allow you to get a glimpse of Hawaiian history and nature all at once. See the famous tree sculptures, some historical buildings and a spectacular shore line. There are brochures at the entrance with great explanations. Nice clean wc and free parking. Great photo opportunities...
  • A lovely and I think underappreciated historical Park representing significant cultural history. The setting and Coast are the standouts here. The displays and information guides are alright. The handouts are good. There's plentiful parking. They have a great picnic area to the South pass the cultural preservation area and information displays. It's particularly beautiful and uncrowded here early and late in the day.
  • Every one of the national parks that we've visited in Hawaii have been spectacular. Great places to bring your kid. My son loves to do the treasure hunts to get his junior ranger badges.
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