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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
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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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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

One of the best place we visited in Hawaii. You get a brochure with marks and descriptions about all items and places in the park. Very nicely organized and labeled. Great for photography. A must visit place - wonderful.

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Cambridge Springs
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115 reviews 115 reviews
44 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

A very cool place to check out with various history items to explore... Located next to a very good snorkeling spot, "Two Step", so you can do both with very minimal travel!

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WORCESTER
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389 reviews 389 reviews
169 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

We started our visit with an informational talk from one of the rangers, he was funny and interesting. He asked some questions and gave out grasshoppers that had been made from leafs. After we did the walking tour on the map, on the map it looks larger than it is. A really nice area, we saw crabs hanging on the... More

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Eureka, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We were glad to pay a visit here and reflect on the island's history and culture. The lava walls are still there from the sixteenth century. You can spend 15 minutes or more than an hour walking around the grounds and along the shoreline. There is also interpretive displays, audio visual info explaining the native culture and history. Fascinating.

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Laurel, Maryland, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This place is tranquil, scenic and a really great attraction. We ran across it by accident. We were just driving down the cliff to see the ocean and as I said ran across it. The volcanic rock combined with the ocean, the mountains, the animal life and the palm trees make this a oneof a kind location. There is so... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The preservation of this place is so nice and the walk is fairly easy. If you enjoy learning about the history in the area, this is a great place to start. It is located on the Kona side, so keep that in mind when you travel. Also, make sure you get the background story from the park ranger talks because... More

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Kealakekua, Hawaii
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This National Park holds a lot of history and is still a sacred place. Now as a National Park, there is an admission fee to enter. $5 per vehicle, or $3 per person walk in. Not too bad, the funds go towards upkeep of the attraction. Behind the visitor center is the road leading to a picnic area and beach,... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This historic site right on the ocean transports you back to earlier times, and gives you a glimpse of the customs and beliefs of the native Hawaiians and some aspects of their life before contact with Europeans. If you follow and read the free guide provided on admission, you get a sense of how sacred the area still is. If... More

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Scotland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Very interesting historical site with plenty of information available. You are free to wander around and explore and there are lots of buildings, carvings and artefacts, many of which are the originals, but some have been rebuilt very sympathetically. Well worth a visit.

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Seattle, WA
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33 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Stopped in here based on the reviews on this site. Be sure to pick up the little pamphlets that gives information about this park. There are numbered locations throughout the park that are described in the pamphlet for a self guided walking tour. We really enjoyed how beautiful it was and getting to peak into what it was like long... More

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