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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: Arts and crafts, Hiking, Snorkeling
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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Fantastic snorkeling/scuba spot

To be fair, we only came here for some snorkeling so I didn't get a chance to explore everything else the park apparently offers. As far as snorkeling, it was pretty awesome... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

To be fair, we only came here for some snorkeling so I didn't get a chance to explore everything else the park apparently offers. As far as snorkeling, it was pretty awesome. There isn't so much of an actually beach as it's nickname of "two-step beach" is quite literal: you take two "steps" and your immediately in the water. The... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This place is very scenic. Take a lunch and enjoy it at the beautiful picnic area south of the refuge. Either walk or take a small drive (1/4 mile or so). The lava beach in front of the picnic area has several little Queens baths to take a dip in. While you can't snorkel from the park, the staff is... More 

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Soquel, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is an historical park south of Kona. It is where people would try to get to if they had committed some KAPU (bad) in order to escape death. If they made it here their life was spared. Lots of history on the self guided tour and also a small gift shop. Restrooms also if you are in need.

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Riga, Latvia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We took a separate day for this driving form Kona appartment. At the end it turned out a bit small and managable in couple of hours. I was very intersting to get there - from Kona side the is an old road, having very steap downwards through village, later road gets very narrow, for those who are not good drivers,... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is an interesting place to visit. We did find the map hard to follow and the different buildings and other interesting features not well marked as to what we were looking at. However, I would still suggest visiting this place if you are interested in the history of Hawaii.

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Once a place of refuge for those that had commited crimes to be cleansed of wrongdoing, today it is a wonderful place to stroll along and see reconstructions of hale manas (temple area), tikis, and traditional buildings. The junior ranger program at this park was very fun for my daughter as she got to do launiu and weave a palm... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A history lesson in a fantastic location. It's what I think of when I think: tropical paradise plus it's only a few steps to "two-step".

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

You do need an imagination to see what this area could have been like over 500 years ago. But then, imagination is the best part of going to museums ... To imagine what it could have been like! My wife and I had a blast!

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Wasilla, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a well-preserved example of the "Place of Refuge". So many interesting things to see while you are there. This is one of the best self-guided tours I have ever been on. The map and the markers through the park match up quite well. A true picture of what ancient Hawaiian life really was like. This is the second... More 

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Adelaide Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I appreciate that this place would mean a lot more if we had timed a rangers talk or the video. However we found the guided walk interesting despite it being a blistering day. There is not a huge amount remaining and you need to use your imagination. One of the nicest things was the picnic area adjacent the park and... More 

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Address: 1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
Phone Number: 808-328-2326
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Honaunau

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