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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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Such great history here!

Stroll through this park and make sure you use the trail guide to read about each item within the park. However, don’t be disappointed when you find out most of the buildings are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Redondo Beach, California
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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Stroll through this park and make sure you use the trail guide to read about each item within the park. However, don’t be disappointed when you find out most of the buildings are either recreated or mostly new. Remember, it’s about what this place used to look like and how the Hawaiians lived back then. The wall is original and... More 

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Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful National Park that is worth visiting. It costs $5 to park and this is good for a week. Just outside the gates, the best snorkelling around at the bay known as "Two Step." We saw dolphins, turtles, and a lot of beautiful fish here.

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Lowell
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

There's something oddly peaceful about this place that made me fall in love with it. I've been here for 3 weeks, and done almost everything I could possibly do here, and this has been my favorite. I've been back a couple of times. I'd say best is to go a little later in the day (it can be very, very... More 

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Winnipeg
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The park has nice old buildings and view of a bay. Recommend going to only one national park and not all as they begin to look all the same (with the same rock walls). I would recommend not paying for this one and going to the free ones in the North Shore. The bay before the park (shoreline access) is... More 

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Bryant, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This was formally called 'Place Of Refuge' a place where blood could not be shed. We enjoyed walking around this beautiful place on the black lava flats.

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Granite Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 NEW

Very nice walk around the park sites. Doesn't take too long, and very easy to walk in sandals. Snorkeled first at fabulous "Two-Steps" just outside entrance to the park. Water very clear, tons of fish, and not a big surge made fun and safe snorkeling preceding our park visit. Made a great combo-activity day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

fab stop just go ahead, next to joesnuts.com & city of refuge very fun and pretty, take pictures and walk around, the cleaniest bathrooms I've ever seen

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Atlanta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My husband and i were really looking forward to visiting this historic sight. We enjoyed our brief time there and marveled at the amazing wall, the sheer scale of which is mindboggling. My only beef with this otherwise beautiful park were the string barriers run with cloth/plastic strips to keep people from the water - it reduced the beauty and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

go for sunset by the picnic tables on the ocean. Amazing! close by is the snorkeling beach also amazing.

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Northwest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Nice historical park. Helpful staff. I liked the recreation of what life was like. You could park outside and walk in but parking is only $5 and good for 7 days! If you walk in there is a $1 charge. Bathrooms are nice. No swimming or snorkeling within park boundaries. But, adjacent to boat dock is a bay open to... More 

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