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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

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Address: 1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
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This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well...

This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.

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peaceful and interesting

This is a peaceful place to explore. Aim to get there in the morning with fewer people and slightly cooler sun. Nice ocean breezes. It doesn't take long to walk through. I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a peaceful place to explore. Aim to get there in the morning with fewer people and slightly cooler sun. Nice ocean breezes. It doesn't take long to walk through. I recommend wearing sturdier shoes than flip flops, unless you plan to enter the water just north of the park. There are some uneven surfaces and sand to walk... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of our favorite walks on the Kona side. Definitely recommend coming in the late afternoon to see the sun starting to set. Absolutely beautiful and great time for photos. There's a video to watch and a nice self guided walk to learn about the history of the park. Turtles can be spotted on the shore too.

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Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice history information, stunning palm trees, and the sunset steals the show. Honestly, the history wasn't the attraction for me here, but I went along with some friends and didn't expect it to be entertaining, but it exceeded my expectations.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best snorkeling I've ever done!!!! Coral reef goes forever. I've snorkeled in many places and this is the absolute best! A eel was so close to my face, we were practically touching. All I can say is...WOW! No need to pay to have someone take you out snorkeling when you can come here.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great little visit, with a good walking guide. It really doesn't take that long, and so just enjoy the great views and awesome snorkelling on the rock beach next door.

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Munster, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a historical site with an original wall built of lava rocks (an engineering marvel) used to keep people safe within the refuge, but everything else is replicas of what once was. The walk is easy and the informational signage provides good historical background.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very interesting piece of Hawaiian history. The best part, I think, are the watchmen carvings ... see photo. There's a nice picnic area too.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic historical site providing great insight into the culture and religion of the ancient Hawaiian people. How cool that you could be absolved of your crimes...if only you can run the gauntlet of warriors and others out to kill you before you make it! THIS would be a great movie!!! (Warriors in real life). Carved tikis add to the experience.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with a group of adults - we hadn't expected this place to be quite as beautiful as it was and we wished we'd allowed more time for our visit. Beautiful and serene place with plenty of interesting history. There was a beach/snorkelling area nearby, which looked lovely and had plenty of visitors but we didn't have time to experience... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Pu'uhonua O Honaunau (which I'm able to pronounce now, thanks to a Hawaiian language lesson at the start of the ranger talk) for a couple hours one morning. I wish we had arrived earlier, before it got so hot out. But I'm glad we chose to begin with the ranger talk, which was excellent. They happen periodically throughout... More 

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