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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Owner description: This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.
Reviewed September 19, 2012

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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Reviewed September 14, 2012

This was on our radar for a place to stop. I was not disappointed it takes an hour or so to go through.If you have a smart phone you can scan the QR code for the audio tour, no smart phone you can dial in to the audio tour. It gives a great insight in to native Hawaiian culture. My daughter and I learned how to play Konane (Hawaiian checkers) , for the rest of the vacation we had to stop and play everytime she saw a Konane board. I have to give a shout out to the park ranger Julia, my kid does the junior ranger program at all the parks we visit and one of the requirements at this park was to do an activity with a ranger. Julia was so awesome, She spent over a half hour with my daughter one on one doing a native craft when they were complete she went out of her way to laminate the craft. I have to say you could tell she(Julia) genuinely enjoyed doing this activity. This is also right next to 2 step for snorkling,you can leave your car in the parking lot and walk over to 2 step.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Learned much about the justice system, taboos, and hierarchy of classes in Hawaiian culture. The rules and structure showed they practiced swift justice, but also had a system to show mercy if the person could reach the sanctuary.

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Easy drive about two hours south of Kailua-Kona. Once at the park make sure to listen to the initial self guided audio tour, then take the self guided tour through the park. This is an ancient City of Refuge and still a very spiritual place. Bring water bottles there are facilities for you to fill up and make sure to pack sunscreen. If you check the NPS website there are sometimes cultural demonstrations of basket weaving, hula and canoe carving. There is a loop to drive so that you maximize the experience of the day. Take Napoopoo Road, a right hand turn off the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway and wind through some of the most beautiful country. If you have time, see the painted church which is on the way. Continue on down toward the beach and stop at the Kona Pacific Farmer's Cooperative, coffee farm for samples of Kona coffee and a self guided tour of the process. They have great ice cream there too with flavors like ginger and tahitian vanilla. Keep driving, it will look like you are driving through a neighborhood of beach shacks, enjoy the views-you are on the right road. Going onto this 1 1/2 lane road through a lava field, the park will be at the end of a long road on the right hand side. When you leave just continue on that road and it gets you back up to the high road, the Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy.

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Reviewed August 30, 2012

I was driving looking for the painted church when I stopped somewhere and asked for directions. They told me about "The Place of Refuge" so we stopped by with absolutely no regrets. This place was beautiful and the thought of walking on sacred ground made it more amazing. The scenery was beautiful along with the huts, canoes, and cavings. It was a great surprise.

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