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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.
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  • Average5%
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1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
+1 808-328-2326
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is one of the most interesting historic sites I've been to on the Hawaiian islands. It's also magically beautiful as well. You can spend as long as you like here, kids weren't bored hunting fish and shrimp in the royal ponds. Definitely worth a...More

Thank kns_6
Reviewed yesterday

This is a great place to learn about the people who were here before us. The exhibits are gorgeous and are wonderful to learn about. Our kids learned a lot by doing the junior ranger program. They received their badges and patches for completing the...More

Thank msjj30
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took the self guided tour of these sacred grounds. The royal fishing ponds were full of fish and crabs. The statues and burial hut were very interesting. I especially liked seeing a game they had made. The park rangers were teaching the children how...More

Thank robertsl54
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an often overlooked NPS site which is along the Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was a place of refuge for those Hawaiians of the past who had violated a kapu or taboo. We visited in June and enjoyed our...More

Thank IdaIllinois
Reviewed 1 week ago

we enjoyed going back in history and finding out how the original Hawaiian's lived. This is a wonderful park and very informative docents. The carvings were incredible.

Thank Deni E
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great stop. We thought it's be kind of a on-the-way sort of thing, but now that we've been we'd make it a destination. You are walking around in, and feel deeply connected to the history. And they have a Jr. Rangers program....More

1  Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to have a picnic and learn the history of the Island. You will probably see some sea turtles swimming around to.Great history and carvings here to. Many artifacts are out so you can see how they lived a long time...More

Thank OJMO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Puuhonua O Honaunau was one of my most favorite activities while on the Big Island. Although I visited here with friends, it is a perfect family activity. I love the history behind this City of Refuge. Be sure and purchase the audio tour.

1  Thank Karen W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit to get an understanding of Hawaiian culture. Its a self guided tour with some beautiful views. Also a few times a year they have festivals (FREE) and there are all sorts of artisans and experts demonstrating traditional Hawaiian...More

1  Thank EDSTraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visit this beautifully reconstructed and preserved site of the Ali'i (royalty) where people who broke the kapu could seek refuge. It is a part of the National Park Service, with walking map, movie and Park service information about the history. Next door to the park...More

1  Thank TerryHerkner
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Stephanie S
20 April 2017|
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Response from jbla32 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour
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
5 January 2017|
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Response from Jay S | Reviewed this property |
The park does provide big bubble tired wheel chairs designed to safely and effectively wheel across the sand. I am not sure if it is possible to reserve them in advance but the last several times I've been in the park I have... More