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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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1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
+1 808-328-2326
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were so lucky because we arrived in time for the Ranger's talk and that was excellent. The site is just beautiful right along the ocean and it is so well designed so you can get a good sense of the history of this place...More

2  Thank JeevesBertie
Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited the Park as part of a shore excursion. We had only limited time (45 minutes) to see everything. That was more than enough time to watch men demonstrate traditional carving skills and explore the boundary walls and outdoor displays, However, the Ranger announced...More

1  Thank Ian M
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's a smaller park, but there's a fair bit to see here. The interpretive signage is good, and the entrance fee is only $5. There's good snorkeling across the cove - you cannot snorkel in the park. Worth a stop if you're south of Kailua-Kona.

Thank MSSD3210
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Part of the National Park system. Interesting ranger led walk/discussion re: plants, traditional weaving/tools/building techniques, and the history of the area. This park was inhabited by royals as well as deemed a sanctuary area: life was regulated by kapu, taboos. Breaking them resulted in death...More

Thank phyiiis3699
Reviewed 1 week ago

vey surreal place and very beautiful landscape. great snorkling on the beach on the other side of the bay. It has a great feeling of mana when you approach the temple of the kings

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Set out from Kona for the day with some snorkel gear, stop at at beach along the way that catches your eye then stop here at the park and Two Step. I saw reviews saying this part of the island might not be recommended but...More

2  Thank Hidesertdweller
Reviewed 1 week ago

I LOVE National Parks and the incredible people that work for them. I love their mission and the people's mission-centeredness. They really care about the land, the culture and the people. The Pu'uhonua O Honaunau Park is simply amazing. It takes you back in time...More

1  Thank Schoutitout
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Plenty of things to look at. You get a feel for what living was like long ago. I wish there was an audio tour or a park ranger to speak to. The views of the beach were amazing!

Thank Devan C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having learned about other places of refuge made this an interesting place to see. people came here for refuge and it's not an easy place to access. Also the beach and picnic area were a treat. Would be a nice area to spend some time....More

Thank C S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this national historical park on morning, very beautiful beach, see a lot of yellow fish and two turtles. The 2 steps is just near by, a great place for snorkeling. I have spend 2 hours there with my son. See a lot of...More

Thank TomSR1950
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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
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