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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Honaunau

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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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  • Ancient place of peace and reconciliation by the sea. I am honored and humbled by the significance of this place. 
    Ancient place of peace and reconciliation by the sea. I am honored and humbled by the significance of this place.  more »
  • The royal grounds and place of refuge here are sacred grounds in Hawaiian culture. Walking around each section is worth it. The national parks map has descriptions of each site, explaining ancient... 
    The royal grounds and place of refuge here are sacred grounds in Hawaiian culture. Walking around each section is worth it. The national parks map has descriptions of each site, explaining ancient...  more »
  • We spent a couple of hours walking around this area which has an ancient feel about it. The map provided by the Park Service is very useful as there is no signage on sight (out of respect to the... 
    We spent a couple of hours walking around this area which has an ancient feel about it. The map provided by the Park Service is very useful as there is no signage on sight (out of respect to the...  more »
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  • Cannot believe this place does not require a entrance fee. Yeah, compared to other attractions, this place probably is not gonna give you that “wow” feel. But once you slow down your paces, you’ll find so many incredible stuff (amazing view, history, etc.) Strong recommend: * The shore that has bunch of crabs jumping around and crowds of fish you can only find when snorkeling * Two ponds with fishes and see you can find an angle where they can be the mirror of the sky (so beautiful)
  • Beautiful, well-run gem of the national park system. Love spending tax dollars to make magic like this possible. Thank you, Uncle Sam! I drove out (south) to picnic area, walked further south, set out my blanket and shade structure by the path, away from waves and hopefully out of line of sight for water watchers. Soon saw a whale blowing spray and went over near 4-5 others watching. She was so close! 50 yards??! The lava formations are gorgeous and the crashing Pacific is majestic. Awesome place to embrace your connection to nature and the earth. Let’s preserve it for our great grandchildren.
  • There's something sacred, mystical, serene and sublime about this place. Not only is the history beautifully preserved but the location is beautiful as well. As you walk the grounds you can imagine what life may have been like for the people who lived here. I love history, geology, anthropology and this place had it all. Low key one of my favorite spots on the big island.
  • We were not sure how long we would be here when we stopped. Well it was almost 2 hours and we ate our lunch in the picnic area on the beach farther up. The area does have some calming effect in wearlt travelers too. The walk across the lava flows and seeing the tide pools was an added bonus aside from the Hawaiian history and culture presented. Free day and not sure why, but would have been worth the $20 car entry fee.
  • Apr 2022 we walked here after our snorkel at Two Step Beach as was shown on a youtube video we watched before coming to Hawaii. We enjoyed our walk through this impressive place. It was an overcast day so added a bit to the mystique of this area. Wish we would have had time to walk the longer part as well but rain was threatening so we just did the small loop.

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