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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: Arts and crafts, Hiking, Snorkeling
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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Very nice historical park

It’s so nice to have this historic site near the beach. It’s very interesting to see the statues and reconstructed buildings from early Hawaiian culture. There are ranger... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Centreville, Virginia
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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

It’s so nice to have this historic site near the beach. It’s very interesting to see the statues and reconstructed buildings from early Hawaiian culture. There are ranger presentations and even a self-guided cell phone tour. It’s not a long stop, but it’s such a beautiful location and the history is so interesting, it’s definitely worthwhile to make the trek... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I definitely recommend using the cell phone audio tour as you explore this very interesting historical site. The map wasn't great and there were hardly and labels, so I imagine it's very confusing if you don't use your cell phone to call in for (free) narration. It's also open into the evening (closed at 7 when we were there), so... More 

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vancouver WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We loved this park. The history of the royal family and how the park was used is interesting. The lava beds and tide pools were beautiful. We saw two Hawaiian green turtles feeding in shallow tide pools. Definitely worth the five dollars and the chance to gain knowledge and see turtles. By the way, watch for "Harry" the wolf spider... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

My wife and I walked through the displays here while our family played on the beach just north of the park. I'm sure with a tour guide it is very interesting, but they don't seem to have done much for self-guided tours. There are no informational signs at any of the structures. Maybe we just missed something on the way... More 

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Kent, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We started our day with a drive down the coast, then did some snorkeling at Two-Step, just across the boat ramp from Pu'uhonua. Once we got warmed up and changed clothes, we took a walk through this national historical park. What a beautiful, peaceful place. It was interesting to get a better sense of native Hawaiian life, and see the... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This is an excellent venue to capture the real history of Hawaii before the arrival of Europeans. Be sure an attend a presentation by one of the guides prior to touring the facility as you will understand what you are seeing much better by doing so. There is a very nice beach with picnic tables adjacent to this site.

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Ample parking. A five dollar admission. A self guided tour with some audio and a good guide book. It was very interesting and informative. Lots of great photo opportunities. As it is a sacred and historical site there is no smokin, sunbathing or swimming. Save those things for Two Steps which is right there beside the park.

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The Place of Refuge is beautiful. It feels so peaceful. The interpretive trial gives you a feel for why this place existed in times past and leads you through this amazing place. As for taking pictures, you can get some amazing ones here. You'll need to frame your pictures around the bright orange safety fencing that keeps you from sensitive... More 

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

It was beautiful to walk around this Historical Park. We got some beautiful photographs and really enjoyed exploring the area. We didn't spend a ton of time here but I feel like we got a lot out of it.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

A lot of history. Lots of photo ops. The cellphone-based tour is interesting. Mostly, I found myself quietly thinking about what it must have been like. Spend the 10 minutes in the introductory session in the amphitheatre, to understand what is must have been like for someone running for their life to get here.

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