We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

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

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: P.O. Box 129, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
Phone Number: 808-328-2326
Website
Activities: Snorkeling, Arts and crafts, Hiking
Description: This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as...
This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
Private Tour
More Info
$115*
and up
Private Tour: Big Island Photo Safari
Top Rated
More Info
$416*
and up
Big Island in 3 Days: Snorkeling, Hiking, Camping...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 625 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 418
    Excellent
  • 171
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
One of my favorite National Parks on the Big Island- Aim for end of June cultural festival

This is a great park but even better when they have their annual cultural festival, usually the last weekend in June. If you are around for the festival you will be able to make... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
Barb C
,
Littleton
Add Photo

625 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Littleton
Level Contributor
172 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This is a great park but even better when they have their annual cultural festival, usually the last weekend in June. If you are around for the festival you will be able to make decorative gourds, nose flutes, leis, hats and straw bracelets. Sunday is more of the same plus food to sample. Check with the National Park Service on... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
Level Contributor
28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We visited the park during the cultural festival on June 27. What a great way to learn a bit of native culture. There were many stations in the various places in the park where you could learn to weave baskets out of palm leaves, rope out if tea leaves, make a water jug, etc. kids loved it, and many adults... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Daytona Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
211 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went here while on our honeymoon. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We saw some sea turtles in the water. We enjoyed learning about the history of this amazing place. We would definitely return!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Honaunau, Hawaii
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Wonderful historic site with full picnic facilities, tide pools, wonderful exhibits and easy trails that are marked with important and fascinating areas of how the Place of Refuge was laid out and operating in the history of such a wonderful place. The Famous "Two Step" at Honaunau is immediately prior and to the Left of the entrance, and a must... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney Australia
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

There is an audio presentation that provides interesting information about Hawaiian history. The place itself is fascinating and they usually have Hawaiian elders who are able to talk about the Hawaiian way of life. Very worthwhile

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Monica, California
Level Contributor
43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Place of Refuge easily became one of my favorite locations to visit on the Big Island, probably tied with Kealakekua. Probably not ideal for swimming or snorkeling as it is rocking and the water can get high surf, but definitely an excellent spot to bring a cooler and grill with friends or bring a lounge chair for the tide pools... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Taichung, Taiwan
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I mostly enjoyed the location that includes a small inlet or harbor by which past kings of Hawaii disembarked. Now, it's a refuge for sea turtles. It was informative for me to learn a bit more about Hawaii's tribal past. The refuge itself with the fierce carved faces and the hand-chiseled volcanic rock walls was impressive. For the younger generation,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We have been to the big island a few times before and we always pick a place we didn't visit before...this a great quick activity with family. Go in the morning and head to the beach afterwards! There's a self guided tour as well as a cell phone tour which was helpful and informative!

Was this review helpful? Yes
North Aurora, Illinois
Level Contributor
26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We visited and learned alot about this place of refuge. I really loved walking out on the lava rocks and seeing all the fish. We even got to see a seaturle while we were there!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Such a great educational experience in a beautiful setting. Their Cultural Festival (end of June) is excellent for seeing/tasting/making authentic Hawaiian culture. Be sure to allow time to hear the ranger talk given 2-3 times daily.. Go to www.nps.gov/puho to get details

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Place of Refuge) also viewed

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
 
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Place of Refuge)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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

Address: Address: P.O. Box 129, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
Phone Number: 808-328-2326
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Honaunau

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Place of Refuge) staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?