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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

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1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
+1 808-328-2326
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This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“self guided tour” (154 reviews)
“two step” (125 reviews)
“hawaiian history” (128 reviews)
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1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
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+1 808-328-2326
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"self guided tour"
in 154 reviews
"two step"
in 125 reviews
"hawaiian history"
in 128 reviews
"ranger talk"
in 56 reviews
"royal grounds"
in 35 reviews
"sacred site"
in 24 reviews
"sacred place"
in 35 reviews
"picnic area"
in 38 reviews
"the big island"
in 111 reviews
"sea turtles"
in 68 reviews
"great place to learn"
in 20 reviews
"tide pools"
in 45 reviews
"per vehicle"
in 15 reviews
"ancient hawaiians"
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"walking tour"
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"great history"
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"lava rock"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you are in Hawaii, you are really in someone else's homeland, with a fascinating history that is often overlooked by tourists. This place is an incredible way to learn about and connect with that history. We took the self-guided tour, just walked around at...More

Thank Amy H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked the short curated trail that explains the history of this place of refuge and chatted with one of the cultural rangers about work he was performing. He was tying ti leaves to a tope constructing another length of fishing skein. He told us about...More

Thank KZ1013
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were told not to miss a trip out to this historical site near Kona. Very informative talk by the ranger led us off on a self tour of the site known as a place of refuge. Learnt a lot about the lives & cultures...More

Thank Astrid909
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went snorkeling at two-step while our friends explored the Place of Refuge and other artifacts. This worked out great because they do not snorkel. The snorkeling was amazing, but the water was a little rough. There is a very small beach area and picnic...More

Thank Nina E
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Culturally significant. Beautiful ocean side views. Love the lava rock and sea shots with palms. Postcard stuff. Easy access. Not crowded. If in the area and you have a few hours, it’s well worth a visit.

Thank TAMAN1951
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Reviewed June 13, 2018

This is a very interesting place which includes the Place of Refugee. Hundreds of years ago if sentenced to death you could try to swim to this point and if safely arrived you were pardoned.

Thank Janet K
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Reviewed June 13, 2018

We made a trip here first week in June, 2018. This was different than a few of the other historic sites on the Big Island. There was a familiar house like structure and walls and carved wooden statues. Other sites only had stacks of rock...More

Thank gsgman777
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Reviewed June 11, 2018

My wife and I recently visited this park and really enjoyed our time there. The park is of historical significance and the self-directed tour will serve you well. There is an opportunity for some rather dramatic photos at this park. The walk through the park...More

Thank irawine
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Reviewed June 8, 2018

This is a beautiful park. The self-guided tour is very informative. Definitely a must-stop, I highly recommend it.

Thank Julie N
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Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

This was the third historic park we went to on our recent trip to the Big Island. Hawaii Volcanos NP was closed because of eruptions so we spent time exploring other things. On this day we headed over toward the HVNP from our beach house...More

Thank Denise C
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LauraDiItaly
December 28, 2017|
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Response from walapsbit | Reviewed this property |
We attended two Ranger talks mid morning, and close to noon. Ask the exact times upon entering the park. Both very informative, highly recommended. One is in the covered pavilion, and the other is a walking tour of the... More
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Stephanie S
April 20, 2017|
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Response from jbla32 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour
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erickamorse
February 18, 2017|
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Response from Jay S | Reviewed this property |
No tour necessary, though I'm sure there are folks hoping to charge you. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau it is an easy drive from Kona, and it is a National Park, so other than a modest entrance fee, no other costs. Once in Park... More
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