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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

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Address: 1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
Phone Number: +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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An interesting historical site

The park is an easy 1/2 mile walk along the shore. There are brochures at the visitor center to describe the numbered sites. The walkways are well marked but are warn during the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The park is an easy 1/2 mile walk along the shore. There are brochures at the visitor center to describe the numbered sites. The walkways are well marked but are warn during the middle of the day. There are some very old and unusual totem poles along the walk. The park has a $5 parking fee. There are bathrooms, and... More 

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Belleville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This National Park charges $5 for parking. There are water fountains, bathrooms and a small gift shop. There are knowledgeable rangers on site, as you might expect. The site is great for a stroll among hawaiian totems and other displays. We visited before snorkelling at nearby "Two-step".

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Eugene, OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Take the long road past the coffee mill to Kealakua bay and the narrow road historical park. Nice bit of Hawaiian history with the video and walk.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stopped here on our way to snorkel along the coast and loved walking around and learning about Hawaii's history. The trail has well set gravel and provides informational stops and great scenery. This was the only place I saw a sea turtle on the beach. The park is also not too far from Two Steps, the popular snorkeling location... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice small national park where you can learn more about Hawaiian culture and see sea turtles and tropical fish in the tide pools. It is nicer on a cloudy day because once the sun comes out, the lava beds are hot.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It only takes about 1/2 hour to tour the park and is very visual so keeps all ages interested. It does get very hot, so the breeze off the ocean is appreciated! As we were leaving we heard about snorkelling beside, so if you have time research that so you can do it while in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want a hit of history (in a beautiful setting) this is the place. What made our visit memorable was the Ranger talk (done 3 times a day starting at 10:30am). He brought the place alive and it would not have been anything like the visit without his talk. The setting is lovely-in the area that royalty lived- with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the west coast of the island is a great stopover if you are circumnavigating the big island. Located south of Captain Cook, turn off highway 11 to drive to the "place of refuge", it is well worth the slight detour! The coastal park is set on white coral gravel and built with volcanic... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent place to learn about the real Hawaiians, their origins and lifestyle. Make sure you listen to the information talk the Rangers give. The Ranger that we listened to was funny, engaging and thoroughly entertaining. The talk frames your mind for the walk to follow. A really good visit for a family. Ample parking for a small... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A Great stop on Kona coast. Learn some Hawaiian history and also has nice beach area. Great photo opportunities.

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