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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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  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
+1 808-328-2326
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

we went there late so missed all the ranger program but this was a place of refuge for lower class people who were doomed to death. so the priest would bless them and they would be kind purgated to go back. the royal culture did...More

Thank Abu_hurayrah
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Came here for the day with my husband and 2 sons (23 & 13).. gorgeous scenery and amazingly clear water. There is no beach here - only the lava rocks to sit on and use to get into the water. Ton of people here the...More

Thank sjhinson123
Reviewed 6 days ago

I had been here about 20 years ago, before it was so organized... This visit, we really enjoyed the more informational approach and insights into traditional Hawaiian culture. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank DeHypnotist
Reviewed 6 days ago

we just loved this place, very good walk and sites to visit....costs 5 dollars per car and you can us it to go to two steps for snorkeling afterwards.........great historical location and meaningful site for Big Island history

Thank Hibby922
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to see this with my family. It was well worth the trip very historic and fun to see. So glad we went.

Thank MelFriday
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking to learn a little about Hawaiian culture, this is a must do stop. We walked right into the beginning of a park ranger led talk which was wonderful in giving us the historical context of the site. Then, we walked around...More

Thank Amy T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Right before the park to pay hang a right and travel down a dirt road past some homes and a play school. You'll find a rough lava beach with amazing snorkelling. Two Steps and you're in and we were marvelled by the variety and amounts...More

Thank Jason Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This site provides both natural beauty and an educational and cultural experience. The park is divided into the Royal Grounds area and the Place of Refuge by a wall of black stones built without any mortar. There are fish ponds that still hold fish, palm...More

Thank Kili_Aztec
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pu'uhonua is a place where according to the tenets of ancient Hawaiian law, someone who had commited a crime punishable by death, could take refuge and be spared. It is a park with a number of relics and wooden statues called Tikis. They appear fascinatingly...More

1  Thank DrMrinmay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here with 10 year old daughter. The displays were very interesting, and quite a magical place. Go NPS!

Thank Jason B
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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