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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: 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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Edmonton, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The site is very interesting, wish they provided a bit more information then what is found in the pamphlet/map. Excellent value for money, as it costs $5 per vehicle, and that pass is good for a week.

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Haven't been in 30 years. Parking and $5.00 per person to walk into this place now. Beautiful and serene. Kept clean

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Visiting the City of Refuge was a lovely blend of natural wonders, history, and culture! We were able to delve into Hawaiian history and culture, understanding the risk of breaking kapu rules in ancient times, and explore the lifestyles of both the ali'i and the commoners at a time when a temple and palace still stood on the grounds. The... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, also known as "Place of Refuge," is a United States National Historical Park located on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. The historical park preserves the site where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a kapu (one of the ancient laws) could avoid being punished by death by... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is about 30 minutes from Kona, but well worth the drive. There is so much history here and the location is gorgeous. It would be great if they offered tours with a guide (maybe they do and we missed that somehow), but we followed the path/sites, fine on our own. Right across from the Park is a snorkeling spot-Two... More

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Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

One of the most unique National Parks I've seen. Reading up on the 'Place of Refuge' before you go will add to it's beauty. Very peaceful. Take a walk out on to the flows for some unique views. Parks is well maintained and brings to life old Hawaii. This is a place of reverence - where a condemned native would... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Only $5 to get in, and they don't always have someone at the gate, so frequently free. The self-guided brochure is very good to learn a bit of Hawaiian culture/history. The beach is beautiful with green sea turtles sleeping on the sand. Go snorkeling next door at the boat ramp. Great beach entry snorkeling!

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Lincoln, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is a one of kind place that is quiet, clean, gorgeous and filled with history. There is so much to see and so many amazing photo opportunities. You can take a self-guided walking tour and learn about this amazing place. Highly recommend going here.

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Quebec
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I expected a park, well maintained and quiet, and this is what it is. As such, i am rating it highly because this is what i expected. However, it was really quiet, i mean really too quiet, like nobody. It's pretty much a ghost village. There is no animation or attempt to put life in the village for the visitors.I... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a beautiful, peaceful, and unique place. Make sure you are there for the ranger talk (it was offered three times when I was there). The ranger was funny and very informative and made sure everyone there could pronounce the name of the park by the time he was finished! I'd highly recommend taking the time to visit this... More

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