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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: Historic Sites, National Parks, Cultural
Activities: Arts and crafts, Hiking, Snorkeling
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Owner 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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Kingsport, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

The park has been restored to show what an ancient Hawaiian Place of Refuge would be. Immaculate wood carved totems, canoes and a fort in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable at the edge of the jungle, on the beach, with the slopes of Mauna Loa reaching down to the sea.

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Midwest USA
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

My Mom and I both agree that this was one of our favorite stops on our Big Island vacation. The park is laid out for a self tour but the rangers offer plenty of informative tours and discussions. The story and history surrounding this place is very interesting and the re-creations are well done. The beach area is so pristine... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We arrived in time for the excellent ranger's talk which told us so much about this history of this fascinating site (and also how to say the name!). His enthusiasm and knowledge added enormously to our appreciation of the Park and also gave us a good introduction to Hawaiian history. After that we had an enjoyable wander along the well-marked... More

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Apache Junction
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Just walking through the park gave me chills to think of the like and hardships they must have known, Not a long walks, but be sure to take some water with you as the mid day sun will get you well heated up. You might even she Turtles on their beach.

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Riverside, California, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Loved this place! We snorkeled the beach next door before we went in and saw tons of playful dolphin that swam right up to you! The refuge grounds are very clean & beautiful. You can listen to the rangers talk, but we did our own tour following the map. Tiki statues are awesome and Sea Turtle are protected in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Met for the ranger talk as soon as we arrived at 11am. Then we took the tour backwards to avoid the people. The park wasn't crowded but we enjoyed feeling like we had the place to ourselves. make sure you get a pamphlet. It helps in understanding all of the historical things you will see. I can't believe how much... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

One of the best place we visited in Hawaii. You get a brochure with marks and descriptions about all items and places in the park. Very nicely organized and labeled. Great for photography. A must visit place - wonderful.

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Cambridge Springs
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A very cool place to check out with various history items to explore... Located next to a very good snorkeling spot, "Two Step", so you can do both with very minimal travel!

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WORCESTER
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We started our visit with an informational talk from one of the rangers, he was funny and interesting. He asked some questions and gave out grasshoppers that had been made from leafs. After we did the walking tour on the map, on the map it looks larger than it is. A really nice area, we saw crabs hanging on the... More

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Eureka, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We were glad to pay a visit here and reflect on the island's history and culture. The lava walls are still there from the sixteenth century. You can spend 15 minutes or more than an hour walking around the grounds and along the shoreline. There is also interpretive displays, audio visual info explaining the native culture and history. Fascinating.

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