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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Place of Refuge)

P.O. Box 129, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
808-328-2326
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Honaunau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Cultural
Activities: Arts and crafts, Hiking, Snorkeling
Owner description: This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge...
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Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Cultural
Activities: Arts and crafts, Hiking, Snorkeling
Owner description: This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.
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Indio, California, United States
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105 reviews 105 reviews
53 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Pretty cool place, with a neat historic past! Be sure to walk all the way out (past the raised bamboo hut on the point) to the end of the tide pools! We saw many tropical fish & sea turtles up close, different colored "brain coral" too! The tide pools are made of lava flows (easily walked on in flip-flops) and... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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10 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Do not skip this place while on The Big Island-- it is "true Hawaii". Not only is it beautiful, historical and informative, it is visually gorgeous. We took a day to explore on our own and went here as a suggestion from hotel-- it really topped our visit to Hawaii off. If your on a cruise, don't miss it--- rent... More 

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Metropolis, Illinois
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42 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Staff was very friendly at this park and went out of their way to make sure you learned about the history of the area. There were movies to view and ranger talks in the amphitheater at various times during the day. There was a great view of the shore line with black lava rock surrounding the beach. We saw several... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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40 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

This is such a beautiful park with so much historical significance. Parking is just $5 and well worth it. Take some time to walk around the beautiful park. Be aware that this is a very sacred place to the Hawaiian people and treat it with the respect it deserves. While there is no snorkeling in the park, toss your gear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We liked hearing the story of Hawaii's history and visiting sacred sites. The ranger was engaging. We loved visiting on our first full day in Hawaii and was a great intro to the culture.

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Summerland, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We so enjoyed our visit here. Very well preserved. There was an easy walking self guided tour throughout the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I consider this a must see if you are touring the island and want a taste of Hawaii before Europeans. Self guided tour through grounds includes place of refuge, kings palace, and burial temple. The old customs and rules governing society are explained and there are very well done restorations of different buildings and sacred edifices.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

If you close your eyes and think of Hawaii, you'll see this place in your mind. It's amazingly beautiful. However, take a slow walk around and read the history in the self-guided brochure. The history is worth the trip.

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Lake Ozark, Missouri, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This was a fun find. As you walk through the grounds you learn about some of the Hawaiian history. There are still some shacks there, wooden game tables and a wall that was built in the 1500's. Got to see some turtles and some beautiful yellow fish in the water. The view from this spot is beautiful. Well worth the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This national monument is at a spectacularly beautiful shoreline and is a very educational stop for anyone visiting the Big Island. Best of all, it is located right next door to an absolutely awesome snorkeling site called "Two Step". Park your car by the entrance booth for the park then take the three minute stroll to the fantastic snorkel site... More 

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