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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

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Address: 1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
Phone Number: 808-328-2326
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Activities: Snorkeling, Arts and crafts, Hiking
Description: This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as...
This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.
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Do: Sit in the auditorium and wait for the park ranger talk before touring the grounds (we learned a ton and the guy was entertaining). Then, walk around and call in with your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Do: Sit in the auditorium and wait for the park ranger talk before touring the grounds (we learned a ton and the guy was entertaining). Then, walk around and call in with your cell phone to get the audio tour. The vista is gorgeous and peaceful, the tiki are fun to see. Bring a camera. Don't: go in the water... More 

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The anglicized name for this park is Place or City of Refuge. It's a beautiful, quiet, spot with fascinating Hawaiian history. If you're in Kailua Kona, you should definitely include this on your "to do" list. There were few tourists there when we visited (March). The grounds are lovely, peaceful, and, so far as we felt, spiritual. The carvings, buildings,... More 

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Mid-Western Region, Nepal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Next to this, is a nice beach spot with a semi-circle area with depth to snorkel in. I have noticed that this part of the ocean seems to have more of a salty water than say, North Carolina beaches.

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Islamorada, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful National Park. Bring your US National Park card for free admission. Nice beach and a nice self guided tour of the park. Good BBQ area for picnics at sunset.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Its ok. Wont take you long to go through it. Would not make a trip here just for this. However, if you are at the bay for snorkeling next door or wanna stop for an hour while your down there, kinda interesting. Maybe just wasn't my cup of tea

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This place offers a wonderful view of early Hawaiian settlements. Next to the entrance is a public beach that offers incredible snorkeling. We were able to see lots of tropical fish, coral and even swam next to a few sea turtles! You can park in the secure parking lot of the park and walk just outside the park entrance down... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

If you've been to a lot of sites within the national park system, you'll notice that this one is different from all of the rest. It harkens back to the history of the area and the heritage of the previous inhabitants of the area. It's a must see, and you'll appreciate the area and the history more after visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful NPS historical site, within an easy drive of Kailua Kona, that provides a fascinating peek into Hawaii 's ancient royal heritage, crime, and redemption. We really felt a sense of history and reverence here. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the entertaining ranger presentation and self guided walk past shelters, giant tikis, massive rock wall, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Lots of parking. There are several mini movies in the open air theatre that provide information about the Hawaiian people and the Sanctuary. Pick up a parks brochure and take a self-guided tour of the complex. This is our third visit but we still enjoy visiting the site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We stopped at the park along our way to the green sand beach and so glad we did. For $5 you can see amazingly preserved artifacts with a great self guided tour. The self guided tours provides commentary on 16 stops in the park. Total time : about 1 hour There are facilities and a great little gift shop. There... More 

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