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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
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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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I love the structures

This site has a gorgeous view of a cove. Known as Royal Grounds, one gets to see a temple model structures made of wood, cords, and grass. This is a beautiful site with much to... read more

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Austin, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This site has a gorgeous view of a cove. Known as Royal Grounds, one gets to see a temple model structures made of wood, cords, and grass. This is a beautiful site with much to learn from the grounds and structures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a relatively small place with beautiful well preserved artifacts and beautiful scenery. You might be lucky and see the turtles near the beach as well as the yellow fish by just looking to the ocean from the beach because the water is so clear. I highly recommend the ranger lead lecture that is really informative with stories about... More 

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Livermore, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We first visited here with a native Kona friend. She explained the history of this park, the sacred grounds, what transpired here - fascinating. Right by water's edge it is very calming/tranquil.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a peaceful place to explore. Aim to get there in the morning with fewer people and slightly cooler sun. Nice ocean breezes. It doesn't take long to walk through. I recommend wearing sturdier shoes than flip flops, unless you plan to enter the water just north of the park. There are some uneven surfaces and sand to walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of our favorite walks on the Kona side. Definitely recommend coming in the late afternoon to see the sun starting to set. Absolutely beautiful and great time for photos. There's a video to watch and a nice self guided walk to learn about the history of the park. Turtles can be spotted on the shore too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice history information, stunning palm trees, and the sunset steals the show. Honestly, the history wasn't the attraction for me here, but I went along with some friends and didn't expect it to be entertaining, but it exceeded my expectations.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best snorkeling I've ever done!!!! Coral reef goes forever. I've snorkeled in many places and this is the absolute best! A eel was so close to my face, we were practically touching. All I can say is...WOW! No need to pay to have someone take you out snorkeling when you can come here.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great little visit, with a good walking guide. It really doesn't take that long, and so just enjoy the great views and awesome snorkelling on the rock beach next door.

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Munster, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a historical site with an original wall built of lava rocks (an engineering marvel) used to keep people safe within the refuge, but everything else is replicas of what once was. The walk is easy and the informational signage provides good historical background.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very interesting piece of Hawaiian history. The best part, I think, are the watchmen carvings ... see photo. There's a nice picnic area too.

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