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

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Address: P.O. Box 129, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
Phone Number: 808-328-2326
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Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling, Arts and crafts
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.
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Awesome park, next to brilliant snorkeling beach

We visited the park, it's only small but has some amazing carvings. We left the car in the car park and went to the beach next to the park, it's a bit rocky and tricky to get in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We visited the park, it's only small but has some amazing carvings. We left the car in the car park and went to the beach next to the park, it's a bit rocky and tricky to get in and out of the water, but the fish and turtles were plentiful and it was some brilliant snorkeling. Well worth a visit

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Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Our stop was part of a larger tour so we were here for a short time and it was worth the visit. We missed the scheduled talks but walked around and took photos. We had been told about these places of refuge on other island tours so we were glad we got to visit one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This place is an interesting one.It was the refuge place of a former king.It is also interesting for kids and there are explanation at all places of interest

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Russellville, Arkansas
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The audio tour is a must. Everything was so foreign to this mainlander, I would have been lost without it. There is so little real Hawaiin culture left, this place may your best chance on the big island to learn something significant. There are only some odd 8K out of 400K pure Hawaiians left, we don't need to forget!

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Maple Valley, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is a must see. Very clean and we'll kept up. Very easy to walk and they have beach wheelchairs available to use. Very interesting culturally even for teenagers.

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Montville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It's part of the National Park System and represents the only preserved refuge site on the Hawaiian Islands. For $5 per vehicle you can gain entrance to this ancient culture. Start at the Visitor's Center where you should see the 30 minute video in the amphitheater which is a great overview of the park and it's ancient history. The park... More 

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This is a great place to stop by on your way to VNP from Kona. We came to snorkel nearby then came here afterwards. Many great historical aspects on the grounds of this sacred Place of Refuge. Don't miss it!

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Great pamphlet to follow we got there late so we missed all the shows. But the displays were still available to look at and read about. The sea life was abundent. The walk was easy. Special wheelchairs available

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is also called "Place of Refuge". In traditional Hawaiian culture this is a place one would come to if they had broken a law to seek asylum. There are some ancient tiki statues, traditional thatched roof buildings and gorgeous views all around. This is a very peaceful place. Entrance requires a small fee as it is a National Historical... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We spent hours walking on the sand and lava looking at creatures and admiring the views! The tide pool is beautiful and the sunset was amazing!

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