Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Honaunau

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National Park Historic Site
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. Put Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park into our Honaunau trip itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Scorching hot the day we were there but still enjoyed the walk. Bring water with you. and right next door is a good snorkel spot so enjoy 2 or 3 hours of pleasure and fun.  more »
  • Take your kids and sign up for the Junior Ranger program to make the most of your time. Stop to see what the locals are making or demonstrating so you can learn about the history and culture. Wander t...  more »
  • Most of the things you see in Hawaii are geared towards sun and sand, but this site provides a good introduction to some facets of the native Hawaiian culture. In walking around this site you can unde...  more »

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