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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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This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well...

This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.

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Two-Steps Scuba Diving

Our host Garry at Sugar Cottage took us diving at "Two-Steps" three times while we were visiting the Big Island. Conditions were a bit rough at the other local dive sites so we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Irving, Texas

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Irving, Texas
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178 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our host Garry at Sugar Cottage took us diving at "Two-Steps" three times while we were visiting the Big Island. Conditions were a bit rough at the other local dive sites so we returned to "Two-Steps" for safer and easier conditions. Diving is about as easy as it gets here. You have to negotiate past the snorklers but otherwise nice... More 

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Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was royal grounds for the king and his family. The entrance has wall paintings of the native Hawaiians fishing, throwing spears, etc. The grounds are lovely with fish ponds - one fresh and one salty - depending on the king's pleasure, a cove, some of the original stone wall and reproductions of the temple and other structures. A lovely,... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Wi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place to learn the history of part of the islands. The staff is knowledgeable. Sit through one of their talks and you will learn the significance of this place. There is beauty all around with interesting lava flows to walk on, buildings and other structures to look at and grounds full of unique things.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So glad we visited. Best $5 I spent all vacation. Used the written guide to describe what we were seeing. Fascinating insight into life of the islanders. A peaceful place, but so historically significant. The statues of course are stunning but so is the background story. Took time to stand and stare at the waters.....turtles and magnificent variety of fish... More 

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Saskatoon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great outdoor living space that really isn't promoted as much as it should be. This site really puts you in touch with Hawaiian history. It is a must-see attraction and worth spending at least a half day. Unexpected bonus was the sea turtles in the shallows.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

For a brief submersion into Hawaiian culture and the life of royals who lived in this area, this historical park is recommended.

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Upland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to learn about Hawaiin customs & history. We always take first time visitors here to learn how the Place of Refuge sheltered Hawaiians. The short video is very informative and a good place to take a little rest break. When you've seen everything be sure to drive on the dirt road behind the building for a picnic on... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not very into historical sites, but the beauty of this location lured me into spending the time to read and appreciate the history of the island and its population. Educational and relaxing. Highly recommended for people of all ages.

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Pennsylvania
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408 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a real beauty. You do have to pay 5.00 bucks to get and it lasts 7 days although there isnt somewhere there to man the gates at times. You get a map of the area as well and all the things are numbered so you can read what they are as you are walking around. You can take a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We kind of stumbled upon this park on our first day here and we are glad we did. It's beautiful to look at- palm trees and ocean. There were tropical fish swimming in the little pools that the lava rock had naturally made. The waves were breaking over the rocks further out. The historical buildings were near to see and... More 

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