Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Honaunau

Categories: National Parks, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
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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  • The day was perfect-- it rained so hard we must have been hit with at least 20 drops. The skies were moody as the Tiki gods. Our guide was a local who explained the history of the Polynesians coming t...  read more »
  • This was a nice spot to stop and eat our lunch. It was really hot so we did not linger on the beach too long to read the info about each part of the historical park. 
  • Free card with the Federal parks. A large parking lot. Presented at home and carved wood sculptures. Overall, pretty boring, but a lot of people.
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  • A great little historic park. It was fun to walk around and learn a bit of native history. It was beautiful and serene. No wonder it was a place of refuge.
  • This is a great historical site to visit. It's usually pretty quiet and has some great views. I recommend taking the time to walk the path and read all about the history of the site. If you're up to it, you can always walk to the adjacent beach for some amazing snorkeling.
  • If you visit big Island and have any interest in Hawaiian history at all, you really have to go to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau. The place of refuge is so amazing. This is my favorite ancient place in all the islands...magic.
  • The City of Refuge is now known as Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park. It's very small but an interesting piece of ancient Hawaiian culture. If you are feeling intrepid, there are lava trails to wander and a beach to check out.
  • Was lovely, peaceful and quiet. A very good walk. Recommend going early or late as it can be quite warm to do the full tour.
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