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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 2013
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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is know as a sacred place, where only the royal chiefs could reside. The royal grounds were separated by a massive wall from where defeated warriors or those who violated sacred laws would take refuge and earn forgiveness before returning to normal Hawaiian life. The park was established to allow visitors to understand and learn the old Hawaiian ways... More

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Rochester, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Very cool site and an easy walk around the site. Peaceful setting on the water. They have a brochure with information that is useful when walking around so you know what you're looking at. When I was there there was also a native man under one of the huts telling stories about ancient fishing habits & tricks & it was... More

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Monterosso al Mare, Italy
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Interesting stop about 30 minutes from kona. Beautiful, peaceful setting. Apparently, great snorkeling near by.

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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Worth a look only because of the history side of things, interesting, but you can walk through the whole thing in 30 mins or so, depending on how fast you walk. If you're going that way anyways, sure. Don't make a special trip out there. The snorkeling there is good, not too busy today when I went, saw a big... More

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Gresham, Oregon
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Do go and enjoy this beautiful place, worth a morning to explore. Park Service interpretation is lacking at the site, I suspect due to budget reductions?

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This was our final activity on our first ever trip to Hawaii and it was a great way to end our holiday. The entrance fee of $5 is well worth every cent!! The park was really well laid out and the self guided tour so easy to follow. It gave you a real insight into Hawaiin life pre Captain Cook.... More

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This was a very beautiful and interesting place to visit. It is totally worth spending an hour to wander through and visit a piece of Hawaiian history. Afterward there is a beach right next to the park that has incredible snorkelling. There is no sandy areas really, but the snorkelling is amazing.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The massive wall around the Place of Refuge was built about 1550 and is still standing!! These Royal Grounds were the home of the ali'i (royalty) of the Kona District of the island of Hawai'i.The National Park Service has prepared excellent orientation materials for the visitor and you will conduct a self-guided tour at your own pace. The locale along... More

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Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We brought our snorkel gear and checked out some areas recommended in the Lonely Planet Hawaii book. Decided on this locale because the possibility of a little less "crowds". It was good. A few peeps just chilling. easy access down the metal pool ladder (about 3 steps) into the calm water. Lots of tropical fish and an easy place to... More

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Eldridge, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is must-do stop during your stay in Kona. It is a great place to take many photos. We saw three turtles while we were there. The ocean and palm trees are gorgeous. It is peaceful, quiet, and calm in this place of refuge. It can get quite warm walking on the dried lava. Be sure to bring plenty of... More

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