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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
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Type: National Parks, Historic Sites
Activities: Arts and crafts, Hiking, Snorkeling
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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Penryn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Great place that has been really well preserved. Well worth the $5 entry fee. If you don't want to pay, park outside & walk in. Also, beautiful snorkeling just next door, within walking distance. A must see for anyone interested in local history&/or great snorkeling.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

This was a great way to learn about the ancient Hawaiian history and lovely place. Very hot day . Take an umbrella.

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Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Good place to learn a little about Hawaiian historic culture. Has a variety of exhibits with explanations and the ancient palace with it's very thick wall. The turtle pond isn't much to see although I got lucky after a while and spotted one briefly. I can't speak to the beach or snorkeling but didn't see much sand.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Quite nice entertainment before you go snorkeling in Two Steps (Hōnaunau Bay) - it gives you very nice views to the ocean, palm trees and everything. Very well kept place as well!

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We did the self guided tour as it was 5ish and the rangers were packing up to go home. The park is open until 6:45pm. It was very interesting if you like history, it doesnt go into depth about Hawaiian culture so if you have a broad knowledge it could get a little dull, otherwise its light enough and doesnt... More

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We arrived early in the morning and toured the entire royal village without many tourists then walked out of the park entrance over to a road leading to Two Step snorkeling. The snorkeling was amazing with lots of fish varieties and moray eels

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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This National Park attempts to preserve aspects of traditional Hawaiian life in what is considered by Hawaiians to be a sacred place. The historical significance of this area is well explained by a few small exhibits and knowledgable park rangers. There is a small beach close by and plenty of shaded areas to sit and enjoy the natural beauty of... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

My wife and we're coming to snorkel at Two Steps, one of the clearest and calmest spots for snorkeling on the Big Island. We came to the park intending to stay just for a bit and ended up visiting for two hours! The entire property is beautiful and serene. We came on a Thursday in September and found the park... More

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Visited this historical site on 9/2, parking is $5.00 and is good for one week, you can also drive down a separate road to the tide pools and picnic.. It was very hot that day, it was nice to cool before heading back out on our road trip. The actual site was amazing to learn about Hawaiian history and culture.... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Over the mountains and through the rain, to the Tiki Gods we go... The 5 of us (3 teens inclusive) went to the City of Refuge on National Park day so the $7 fee was waived. It was beautiful, educational, but mainly provided the photo op I wanted with the Tiki Gods. Glad we went - and that the fee... More

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