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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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Henderson, Nevada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We like to visit National Parks and this one did not disappoint! The rangers were available and helpful. The visitor center was clean and had numerous displays. We took the walking tour and enjoyed the grounds. We had numerous opportunities to get beautiful photographs. This is a must do if you are on the Big Island. The Pu'uhonua O Honaunau... More

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Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This was amazing! If you want to see some fish, and feel like you are swimming in the middle of an underwater aquarium, you want to get to this place. We drove over an hour to go snorkeling there, and wish that we had woken up early, because we heard that the dolphins are usually there to swim at 7:00... More

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The Hawaii National Park system has a fantastic Junior Ranger Program (for kids roughly 7-12). They had two types of activity books the kids could fill out: one if you only visited that park and another if you planned to visit all 5 parks on the Big Island. My kids ended up completing both sets because we didn't realize we... More

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St. John's, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The actual place of refuge is very interesting if you are either bit interested in history or how ancient Hawaiians lived. I enjoyed it a great deal but I am not sure my teenage daughters appreciated it. If there is a native interpreter there during your visit make sure to listen to them!! Right next door to the place of... More

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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51 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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68 helpful votes 68 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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