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. 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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  • We first visited here with a native Kona friend. She explained the history of this park, the sacred grounds, what transpired here - fascinating. Right by water's edge it is very calming/tranquil. 
  • This is a peaceful place to explore. Aim to get there in the morning with fewer people and slightly cooler sun. Nice ocean breezes. It doesn't take long to walk through. I recommend wearing sturdier s...  more »
  • One of our favorite walks on the Kona side. Definitely recommend coming in the late afternoon to see the sun starting to set. Absolutely beautiful and great time for photos. There's a video to watch a...  more »
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  • So this place is pretty neat I'd say throw it on the list for an hour or two prior to two step beach for some snorkeling right next to it. It cost 5 dollars for a vehicle for one week just keep the receipt. Quaint little visitors center right before you start your journey do yourself a favor take the time to listen to whats being played over the speakers if you want a better mental imagine. AGAIN check out TWO STEP BEACH right before the pay booth entrance down the one way street for some amazing snorkeling and dolphins are there a lot.
  • If you want a little history on Hawaii make sure and listen to the Rangers presentation, they'll have times to listen posted. We went around and saw all the huts first and would have understood more of what we were looking at if we listened to the Ranger speak first. Good for a relaxing couple hours if you have interest in history. I think it was five dollars to enter the park if I remember correctly.
  • Gorgeous white sands and palms. Small, but interesting place to explore and learn. Close to two-steps beach.
  • Holy molly it was HOT!. If its a hot day give this one a pass. Really cool and historical, but none of us got any of that because it was to hot.
  • Words can't describe the level of beauty you can see here. I think its a must to visit this park if you are in the area.