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“A sacred place”
Review of Honaunau Bay

Honaunau Bay
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Honaunau
Certificate of Excellence
Eugene, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A sacred place”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

A really cool national park. Excellent written self guided walking tour. The cell phone tour was not as good but we didn't need the additional information, the written brochure was very good. Turtles and a monk seal basking on the shore where the royal canoes used to come in. You can't help but feel the sacred nature of the site. A must see

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Gypsygurl1271
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Warren, Michigan
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A little piece of history”
Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

This is a great place to learn a little bit about ancient Hawaiian history. It's a quick self guided tour. Quiet and beautiful setting. A short walk up the hill leads to a stunning view of the ocean. Also has a cove for snorkeling or just relaxing and cooling off.

1 Thank Kimber1972
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Hawaiian Culture”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is a very interesting and beautiful area with history of Hawaiian culture and traditions in a very casual and at the same time dramatic setting. It is self guided tour but with informal talks and presentaions along the way by native Hawiians who tell the stories that add to the reality and depth of history of the culture.

Visited November 2012
Thank BikerDanAsheville_NC
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Battle Ground, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A window to another time........”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Just spending an hour or two at this Big Island site can give you some perspective on the
history and culture of Hawaii. The walk throughout the reconstructed sites is flat and pleasent,
and the interperative markers are very interesting.

There is also a well-stocked gift shop, staffed mostly by native Hawaiians, which has a lot of hard-to-find books and crafts.

As others have mentioned here, this is a must see on your Big Island trip. I am so grateful to the state of Hawaii for preserving this spot, and doing such a good job in making it accessible.

Visited October 2012
Thank rcftommay
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Antelope, California
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“So wonderful”
Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

I have come to this spot many times over the past two decades and have seen the attraction grow. It is so worth the visit. Not only is it informative and you get to have a small taste of ancient Hawaii you can swim with Honus (turtles). This visit I was able to the most beautiful scenery photos that several people have suggested I try to submit them for postcards or calendars.

I think the biggest compliment that I can give is that my family talks about this place long after our trip. Please don't miss visiting if you have the chance!

1 Thank Kiyatoo
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