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

Address: P.O. Box 129, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
Phone Number: 808-328-2326
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Honaunau
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Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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Juneau, Alaska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Great place to tour or just take a lunch and sit in the picnic area and watch the waves and whales. Outside the park is one of the best places the snorket: two step. While we were there, huge swells caused damage to parts of the park and it was closed for at least four days. Worth a drive from... More 

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Washington
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Check that National Park is open. High surf washed out the road to picnic area (one of the best picnic places on island). We often park at National Park and walk over to 2-step to snorkel, saving us trying to find parking place or paying for parking over there as we have Hawaii 3 park pass. Also restrooms at National... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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34 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited shortly after several days of high surf had closed the park, and only certain areas were open. Nevertheless, the history was very interesting and there is a lovely picnic and viewing area just beyond the park headquarters with tables and grills.

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Ogden, UT
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26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is a sacred site and very beautiful. The thing we enjoyed the most was all the sea turtles who frequent this spot and getting so many pictures of them.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is a very significant place in Hawaii's history and an incredibly beautiful location. Somewhat sad because there is so little left, but there is enough to build a picture, at least in my mind, of what it was like when it was actively populated. Well worth the time and nominal admission price. I wish we had packed a lunch... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I almost feel guilty writing this review, because I would love to keep the Place of Refuge a secret. However, I know that I should share it with everyone; you will all love it. Pu'uhonua O Honaunau NHP is located right on the water in the District of South Kona. First off, you have the opportunity to learn about this... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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379 helpful votes 379 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Hawaii has long history which goes back for centuries but there is very little left to see. So this park is one of the rear opportunities to get an idea how that life looked like. How large were the royal grounds? How the fish ponds look like? The idols? How the stone walls built without metal tools and mortar looked... More 

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West Valley City, Utah, Usa
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We were in the area and did not know what this was so we stopped. My dad could not hike it but they have the wheelchairs for the sand that you can take on most of the trails. This is a national park so there is a small fee. This is a grat place for the views and the carvings.... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We visited the Place of Refuge with our family and it was good. Next day came back to hit the cove right next door . The locals call it "Two Step ". It was great. Water a little rough but great place to see marine life.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We had read about the Place of Refuge in the guide books so took a trip out. It was a 45 minute drive but well worth the effort. The $5.00 park fee is minimal. We missed the guide talk but wandered around at our leisure with a self-guided brochure that provided all the info we needed to get a good... More 

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