Located on the coast of Honaunau Bay in south Kona, Puuhonua o Honaunau is a national historic park that was once a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers: lawbreakers could escape death by coming to this place and being absolved of their sins.
We visited with our two kids, ages 8 and 11, and it was a very cool place. We enjoyed a talk from a park ranger, who told us the history of Puuhonu o Honaunau. Then, we did a self-guided walking tour along the grounds. There is a lot to see and many great photo opportunities: a Great Wall, fierce kii (wooden images of gods), royal canoes, and a sacred temple. The shoreline is made up of black lava rock, which is cool in and of itself. The highlight of the visit, however, was spotting sea turtles in the waters along the shoreline.
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