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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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Bromley, United Kingdom
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Fortunately our Coach driver had given us the big low down on the concept of Refuges, and the 'kapu' traditions that brought them about. Unfortunately for us, we were about a third of the way round when we were hit by a torrential downpour. We sheltered under the palm trees to discover that they don't offer much shelter! So we... More

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Lewisburg, Tennessee
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10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The lava field into the sea was so unique, this was an excellent start for us mainlanders. Also the history was interesting and the snorkeling was great. Lots to do at one stop.

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Fort Bragg, California
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This National Historical Park is a wonderful place to visit for a glimpse into Hawaii's cultural past. The palm infused beach is ripe with artifacts, reconstructions, and a sense of royal history. The thatched temples, ki'i, and rock walls were fascinating to view. The varied vegetation, fish ponds, and ocean made for a mellow contemplative stroll through this special site.... More

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Arlington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

It took us about an hour to explore these sacred royal grounds. It was very hot, be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen. The path is flat and there are markings along the loop trail that correspond to a map the park ranger gave us that gives you information about each place of interest. We learned a lot and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Really interesting place to visit, great history well presented. Give yourself a couple of hours at least to walk over this great site

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Just next to yhe entrance, you'll see many cars parked. that's the access to famous "Two Steps" Lava Beach. The corals there are just EXTRAORDINARY, far better than molokini or other spots, since it is a spot used by snorkelers that are more experienced. Access is easy, just follow the crowd, you have to go down (literally) two steps of... More

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Loved this place. Nice to see the old style buildings and tiki statues. Even though it was fairly busy you don't feel crammed as the site is quite large. Suggest sunscreen/ hats etc as was very hot when we were there . Site very well kept and clean

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Kapahi Kauai
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

One of the most beautiful tranquil places to spend time, at this sacred place. It's a perfect for quietude and to picnic. 2 blocks away, (by foot) is the special underwater ocean garden called Two Step - for snorkeling amongst the beautiful garden of coral. :)

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We had the pleasure of spending 10 weeks on the big island and in that time we visited just about everything there was to see. This was in my top 5 favorite places. The history is rich and the landscape and buildings are beautiful. It is a little off the beaten path but definitely worth the trip if you are... More

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Snohomish, Wa.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

A very peaceful and lovely spot.Much history and self guided tour. I liked just being able to see the sacred spots and feel the Mana!

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