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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  • Prior to visiting this sacred location, I had coincidently read about the site's function and role in Hawai'ian society. By doing so, I was able to gain a greater appreciation of its historical and cu...  more »
  • This is the place to which Hawaiians, who had the misfortune of making a kapu, would flee in hopes of achieving sanctuary from certain death. The bones of 23 ancient Hawaiian chiefs were kept in this ...  more »
  • A small, but interesting national historic Park to visit. The Royal grounds has a self-promote map explaining 15 spots, the significance and changes over time. Easy stroll. Map states 2.5 miles, actua...  more »