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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 January 3, 2013

We just love this historic and sacred place where ancient Hawaiian kings were buried and where lawbreakers and defeated warriors could escape death and be given a 2nd chance! It is serene, educational, and beautiful! Don't miss the rangers' overview. The small entrance fee is well worth it! And do make a day of it: Bring a picnic, and go snorkeling there. If you arrive before 12, you'll see spinner dolphins jump in and out of the water. My husband and I swam way out and had the pleasure to swim right with them! It was PRECIOUS!!!!

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"the big island"
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

It was a windy drive down to this park from Hwy 11 but so worth the drive. This park is stunning and looks like a perfect postcard image of a Polynesian village. The walk through the grounds explained so much about the historical significance of the park (as a place of forgiveness after war or breaking of taboo).

Bring your camera and allow plenty of time to do the self-guided walking tour. Make a half-day of it and bring your lunch (have to eat it off the grounds at the adjacent public beach area). On the road down from the Hwy., stop at the beautiful St. Benedict's Painted Church.

Thank Amblesidedreamer
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We went here as part of a tour from our cruise ship. This is a lovely, peaceful place with much to see and learn about the history and culture of Hawaii. It is so serene you can almost feel the past and understand why it is a place of refuge. Sadly we didn't see any turtles but we did really enjoy it and If ever I'm on the Big Island again I will definitely go back.

Thank Goannas
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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Husband and i headed there for a late morning trip. Arrived just as the 10:30am ranger talk started, which was phenomenal. Then we headed into the park. Bring your cell phone - there is a number to call for an audio tour, which was good. Wear sunscreen and a hat and sunglasses! There's not too much shade. There were two men in one of the huts making tools and weaving leaves. We wove little fish with the park ranger's father, who was totally adorable!!! We had a picnic lunch at 12:45pm by the neighboring swim area (no need to move your car btw). Then, using $7 snorkel masks we picked up at an ABC store we jumped in the water and snorkled until 3pm. Dont miss the snorkeling!!!! The water was calm, no need for flippers (children would benefit from the added control) - you float with little effort and it was easy to stay away from the shore coral/ rocks. Angel fish, puffer fish, parrot fish, the list goes on and on. Blue coral, green, etc - lovely! Headed back into the park afterwards to see if any green turtles had come to shore - two were there, sunning themselves not 10 feet away. We left and made it home well before sunset (4pm).

Thank Ashgord
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

I'd been to Oahu a half dozen times and never heard this part of Hawaiian history, perhaps because this was my first trip to the Big Island. I found this refuge to be very serene. The self guided tour hand-out was very helpful in explaining the significance of each stop on the walking tour. I also attended one of the ranger talks but the ranger mostly repeated what was in the hand-out. There is no museum. There is a small gift shop. I heard it is a good place to see sea turtles but there weren't any around the day I was there.

The only downside is that the park isn't really near anything else and it is not enough to fill an entire day.

Thank AndySD
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