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This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.
1871 Trail, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
+1 808-328-2326
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed our visit here. Specificially enjoyed the NPS cell phone tour. Very interesting insight into Hawaiian culture and history, and a beautiful area by the ocean. Also really enjoyed scrambling over the lava rocks by the ocean. We did the tri-park pass, and also visited...More

Thank JonathanBloomer
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a stop worth making, great history and the park in gorgeous. If you have time, join one of the ranger tours of the park, your time is well spent. Parking is plentiful and if you already bought the yearly park pass or plan...More

Thank Jesena
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful experience visiting this landmark. We really enjoyed the demonstration from the native man that talked to us about the history of the Polynesian travels to the island. He demonstrated how they use the coconuts for many uses. Make sure to visit the...More

Thank sdnatt
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After arriving in Hawaii this was one of the first things we did. It was a bit of a drive but totally worth it, particularly since we stopped at the painted church and saw a lot of beautiful landscapes on the way. The park itself...More

Thank BoardingPass53727
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The historical park was crowded, but laid out for a short visit. A reconstructed temple area and Hawaiian life scene plus a refuge area if/ when needed for survival. Beach was lava not sand. The fact that the Hawaiian culture had sanctuary’s was an interesting...More

Thank Kerry G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on a very warm day. There was very little shade. A good self guided tour is enhanced by a very informative brochure. A good insight into Hawaiian history. The day we visited was National Lands Day (4th Saturday in September) so our visit...More

Thank MJGx2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a look, doing the self guided walk takes about 30 minutes. During this you see some amazing historical sites and in one of the pools you often see turtles (which we did!). The task by the rangers go for 25 minutes, followed by...More

1  Thank Rachel F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy walking trail through the City of Refuge....and a map brochure to explain what you are seeing....plus park rangers do talks a few times during the day.

Thank EscoDave
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located on the southern edge of Kealakekua Bay, Pu'honua Honaunau was designated as a National Park in 1961. Also called Place of Refuge this extraordinary historical sight offers a fascinating journey through Hawaiian history. Within the extensive grounds of the park are a Great Wall...More

1  Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 5 October 2018

They have a ranger class for about 30 mins that shows you a lot about Hawaii history. Lots of natural stuff in this park. Good if you interested in history. You do get a great feeling being there.

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29 December 2017|
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Response from walapsbit | Reviewed this property |
We attended two Ranger talks mid morning, and close to noon. Ask the exact times upon entering the park. Both very informative, highly recommended. One is in the covered pavilion, and the other is a walking tour of the... More
20 April 2017|
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Response from jbla32 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour
19 February 2017|
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Response from V5907XZjays | Reviewed this property |
No tour necessary, though I'm sure there are folks hoping to charge you. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau it is an easy drive from Kona, and it is a National Park, so other than a modest entrance fee, no other costs. Once in Park... More