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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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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This place of refuge was something special. You should take te time to listen to the ranger who will tell you all about the history and legends of this place. The walking tour itself is beautifull and interesting; we really recommend going here!

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Los Angeles, California
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46 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This wonderful sacred site is well worth the visit. Enjoy the tour which sends you back to a time when the Hawaiian people owned the land. Don't miss the landing place where the turtles come to visit and then find the gap in the stone wall which is a portal into a world where the spirit world is close, especially... More

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This trip took about a half day and we tied it in to our trip to the south side of the island. They have a tour pamphlet that walks you through the park and the locations are numbered and easy to find. I have since seen photos of this beach in calendars as it has some truly photogenic beaches. highly... More

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Westport, Connecticut
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I am a scuba diver and I usually dislike snorkeling. The snorkeling next to this park is amazing! You don't have to pay the fee for the park, you can just park outside the entrance gate and walk down the small street to the water. There is an awesome place to swim and hang out with some very impressive corals... More

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Kauila Kona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is truly a moving site of traditional Hawaii-a self guided walking tour. Please read up on the history of this sacred site- you'll be happy you did. Looking at the monuments and understanding these rocks were placed by hand, without cutting machinery and without mortar is almost unbelievable...but it is true! That the large stone the King sat on... More

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Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
43 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Hawaii is full of free tourist sites but this one is worth paying for. Get the map at the gate and visit all of the numbered stops. If you're looking you'll be able to see the spinner dolphins jumping in the water. If you have the time, go next door to Two Step and actually swim with the dolphins.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I love history and learning about the history of the different places I visit. So this was a must-stop to see place for me to see. It is a neat thing to see a temple built many years ago still standing and preserved. While you may not be able to enter the grounds, it is still a wonder to look... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We went here for the afternoon and really had a great time! The beach has pretty limited sand so make sure you manage your expectations. Mostly big lava rock boulders, but very easy to sunbathe. The snorkeling here was the best I experienced on the island. Its pretty accessible from the rocks and there is a lot of coral here.... More

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San Diego, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

good for history lesson and beautiful scenery. Great place to snorkel as well.We like it better than Hooks monument area…less crowded. Take a hike on north side of bay to the sea arches.Bit tricky but lots to explore.

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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I like history and to learn about how different cultures survived. The Hawaiian laws were harsh and this place gave their people a chance to be forgiven of their crimes. It was a short walk that wasn't too difficult. We were able to see a Sea Turtle which was cool.

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