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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

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Address: 1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
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+1 808-328-2326

This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well...

This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.

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Nice place to spend time

Park is really nice - beautiful waters edge views and some great short walks. The historic section is interesting but an hour or so will be enough for that section - nice... read more

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Park is really nice - beautiful waters edge views and some great short walks. The historic section is interesting but an hour or so will be enough for that section - nice turtles in the water here. Good facilities too

Thank Baxie
Belleair Shores, Fl
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Be prepared to pay $10 to park. We were told this was a great place to see turtles. No turtles. Unfortunately, my husband wasn't feeling well and our two teenage girls were not interested, although I was. I think this could have been a great place to explore, but we only spent maybe 30 minutes here, not my choice. To... More 

Thank MAChivers
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great cultural place and Snorkeling there was amazing. We watched the little presentation given by a ranger about the Place of Refuge and it gave a whole other meaning to our time exploring the area. Also must say, beautiful views driving down there.

Thank josi P
West Allis, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a must stop for me when I visit Hawai'i. It is so peaceful and contemplative. Walking the grounds gives you a sense of calm and connection to the true Hawai'i and all that Aloha is.

Thank Pila J
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You'll find a bit of Hawaii history here. The park guides are very helpful and welcoming. It is easy to do a self-guided tour. There is a short movie and a short talk by a guide. After going around, we asked the guide where we could walk a trail and we were pointed to an easy trail. We even saw... More 

Thank travelmystique
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place of refuge was one of the top historic locations, with Kamehameha's heiau and Princess Ruth's palace, that I wanted the children to see. The self-guided walking around the beautiful grounds illustrated some of ancient Hawaiian culture for them. The artifacts are beautiful and awe inspiring. The lava flows, beaches, ocean, fish ponds, and flowers, are stunning. Probably the... More 

Thank Cate F
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened to stop by here on day when one of the rangers was giving a presentation and it was well worth it. The history of the area was clearly explained (as well as how to pronounce the name of the park)! It is the last of it's kind in Hawaii and should be visited. The scenery along the 1871... More 

1 Thank KaNuiNanni
Oak Park, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were under the impression (from advertisements claiming to have beach wheelchairs available) that we could get one and we're thoroughly disappointed when the park ranger admitted to knowing about the false advertising and said they didn't have any for us to use. The walking around itself was interesting but the frustration from driving all that way and not being... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park wa amazing to visit and learn about. When you realise and consider the use and meaning that this park had and now has, was truly incredible. A must see for all ages.

1 Thank Bruce H
Honaunau, Hawaii
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

City of Refuge is a modest demo of the old culture that used to be there. Sometimes the Park service has people on duty to give tours and answer questions. You owe it to yourself to stop and take a look. It's nothing grand but it still "Hawaiian." Once you're thru with that, you can drive your car out the... More 

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