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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
+1 808-328-2326
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This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“self guided tour” (153 reviews)
“two step” (122 reviews)
“hawaiian history” (127 reviews)
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1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
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+1 808-328-2326
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"self guided tour"
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"two step"
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"hawaiian history"
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"ranger talk"
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"sacred site"
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"tide pools"
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Located at Honaunau Bay of South Kona, “Puuhonua o Honaunau” immerses you in Hawaiian culture. This national historic park was once the home of royal grounds and a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers. Sacred laws ( named Kapu ), were of utmost importance...More

Thank Arun K
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Park was a refuge for those who broke the law at that time. In my experience in this place I was able to observe many Totems (gods of woodcraft figures) as guardians of the sanctuary, there is a lot of...More

Thank xtremematrix
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went here just to visit two step snorkelling spot. Not disappointed except in how busy it turned into. Beautiful snorkelling easy currents inside a quiet bay. Also has free parking which here we found hard to come by, turn up early stay until the hoards...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took my kids and grandchildren to expose them to some ancient Hawaiian culture. Unlike my first visit several years ago, there was no guide resource (previously there was an internet site specific tour) and the complimentary brochure is borderline worthless. Maybe due to budget issues?...More

Thank birddogpilot
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed our time walking through the Royal Grounds and Place of Refuge at the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. See the lava stone wall built over 400 years ago, walking along the paths of the Royal Grounds and seeing the sheltered cove, and...More

Thank Ellesbells742
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took the scenic route (Napoopoo Rd), stopped at Kealakekua Bay first, I think it was worth it. For 4 it cost $15 to visit the park. The talk from the park ranger was very interesting and educational. So was the visit, even ifit's relatively...More

Thank Reshad R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a quiet national park, giving us a glimpse of how the ancient Hawaiian's used to live. We were able to talk to one guy that was carving a fish hook ornament out of drift wood and dressed with only a cloth around his...More

Thank Brian O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As a National Park you have a fee - $15 per vehicle. A lot to see and learn. If you tour the full grounds it will be a good bit of walking, but on level ground. We were traveling with a local guide who gave...More

Thank vtcc64
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended to visit by the lovely people at the HN Greenwell museum store. It is a bit off the beaten track but worth the visit. Well signposted and explained as you walk around the site. Somewhere to see how it was before the...More

Thank Robyn G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is the place to be to learn about history of Hawaii The rangers give you a short presentation of the place history and geography Then you can wander around and read the different things about each places

Thank Florence L
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LauraDiItaly
29 December 2017|
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Response from walapsbit | Reviewed this property |
We attended two Ranger talks mid morning, and close to noon. Ask the exact times upon entering the park. Both very informative, highly recommended. One is in the covered pavilion, and the other is a walking tour of the... More
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Stephanie S
20 April 2017|
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Response from jbla32 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour
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erickamorse
19 February 2017|
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Response from Jay S | Reviewed this property |
No tour necessary, though I'm sure there are folks hoping to charge you. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau it is an easy drive from Kona, and it is a National Park, so other than a modest entrance fee, no other costs. Once in Park... More
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