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At one time, people could escape certain death after breaking the sacred laws by going to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Today you can take a self-guided tour through the centuries-old history and culture of this sacred site. Discover Kapu, the ancient codes of conduct, and learn about weaving, fishing, and carving. Explore the royal grounds, once the exclusive preserve of the chiefdom of Kona, and view the great wall which encloses the Place of Refuge. Craftspeople demonstrate traditional craft skills such as canoe and wood carving, while skilled storytellers weave ancient tales. Food is not available at the park, so plan accordingly. Plan to see Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Honaunau travel route planner.
Tours to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
$145 BOOK WITH VIATOR Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
Duration: 7 hours
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park reviews
It’s about 40 minutes south of Kona, get gas and pack snacks/water before you go there isn’t much outside of Kona. It was a cool historical site to check out. They have a gift shop and restrooms... more »
Having never visited The City of Refuge, it was my first stop on a trip to the Big Island. I had only seen pictures. This place was amazing. The purpose of it's establishment, the history of the... more »
Ample parking. Short, interesting walk around the ancient royal grounds. Right on the ocean and beautiful bay. A reasonable place to get a bit of culture. Also has a separate picnic grounds right on the water under coconut trees. Not worth the trip to drive all the way from the city. But it's next door to fantastic Two Steps snorkeling. Snorkeling was the primary attraction. Afterward, we went next door to this Park to have a picnic.
If you are in Hawaii to learn about their culture this is a good place for a lesson. They gave talks tell of the history and Heritage of the center. The trails through the center are flat and easy to walk with markers and a map explaining their meaning. The walk is very warm and you should bring water. There is a small but cute gift shop. The bathrooms are clean with running water.
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