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

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Address: P.O. Box 129, 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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There is very little of interest visually. The historical information can be obtained more comfortably and in greater detail from a book in the shade.

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Duncan, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

There is very little of interest visually. The historical information can be obtained more comfortably and in greater detail from a book in the shade.

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Okotoks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We found this little gem by accident when we were looking for another unmarked landmark (a far too familiar story in Hawai'i). This national park is well worth the $5.00 per vehicle. Well maintained, with a gift shop, bathrooms, a theatre showing informative movies, and a superbly maintained, and well marked route throughout the historic site. A bonus is the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The City of Refuge is a place you don't want to miss if you're interested in the Hawaiian culture. It will keep the attention of both young and old. You'll see where and how the Hawaiian people lived, the games they played and their rituals. It is handicap accessible. Check out their web site...bring your bathing suit and snorkeling gear... More 

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Oregon
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

To be honest, we drove right by the first time - look for the Hawaiian name only - no "place of refuge" anywhere on the sign off the main road. For some reason the park service is paying a ranger to sit in the gate booth to NOT take money (great govt management at its best), but admission is 'supposed'... More 

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Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

one of the several National Historic Parks on the Big Island [ Hawaii ] . located on the West Coast of the island south of Kona/Keahou region off Highway 19 the Queen's Highway. The refuge so-called because it was a sanctuary for anyone who offended the Kings , who might otherwise have been killed for their offenses. There are a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

When we visited in early February most of the park was closed due to surf damage - the ranger was not clear on the fact that very little of the park is open. But we were happy to spend the five dollars in any event - do walk next door to the snorkelling beach - where there are often Dolphins.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Good educational stop in the middle of Kona coffee country. We drove from Hilo to see Kona with a recommendation to see this park other than commercial sites. The time for the trip was worth doing to see old Hawaii before commercialization. While in Kona, it might be worth your while to stop by Costco for gas as the gas... More 

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Alliston, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park is as known as the City of Refuge. I have been there a few times. I've always found it very beneficial to purchase the recorded guided tour. You do not have to but the recorded tour provides a lot more information than the posted information. It is a remarkable place to spend an hour... More 

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Conroe, Texas
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I really wish we had more time to visit and learn everything here. It was really nice to walk around and read the history. Next trip, we'll def pencil in a little more time to stay here.

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This "Place of Atonement" and place of refuge in pre-colonial days is well worth a visit. Located on the coast some of the original lava walls still stand. The forest ranger gave an excellent presentation about the history of the site.

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