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“A park worth taking the time to see”

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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US$223.96*
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Hawaii Island Experience
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Honaunau
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Owner description: This 182-acre park contains the Puuhonua, a sacred place of refuge, as well as other temples and coastal sites.
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A park worth taking the time to see”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

It was like going back in time with the mock village. I can just picture people sitting around playing the checkers type game with people are racing in for their lives. The walls and huts are really well done.

Visited April 2014
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Mahomet, Illinois
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“Serenity and understanding.”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

What a beautiful place on a beautiful island. You walk at your leasure , following the informational numbered signs. While enjoying the beauty and spirituality of this sacred place you are wowed by the Ancient Hawaiins understanding of how to manage and balance their needs while maintaining the balance of nature and revering the gifts of the ocean & land. I will return to enjoy and experience the feeling this special and sacred evokes in anyone who will take the time to appreciate it.

Visited April 2014
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Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A Gem of a National Park”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

This is a great National Park that should definitely be part of a trip to the Big Island. They do a great job of narrating and recreating the history of Hawaii's earliest inhabitants. I suggest sitting through one of the free Ranger talks. However, the park map does a good job of explaining the history with a self-guided tour if you miss the talk. Take special note of the mortar-less thick wall that separates out the sacred area (The Puuhonua). This visit really provided a historic perspective on the foundations of Hawaiian history. You can really imagine the old Chiefs arriving in the Royal Grounds with their canoes along the cove.

There is also a public beach right next to the park with some fantastic snorkeling. It's also not far from the many Kona coffee farms which may be of interest to some.

Visited April 2014
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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Impressive wall”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Walking along a national historic site is always a good idea and normally affordable on the spot (as most of the costs are prepaid by my taxes ;-). The park rangers were really helpful even so we didn't go to the introduction talk. The park map had a lot of information on it and the little plackets helped to identify the building references on the map. Most impressive is the big stone wall, which was build only using lava stones.
All in all a good bang for the buck if you want to see a bit of history on your trip.

Visited April 2014
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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“Very Historic”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

This is know as a sacred place, where only the royal chiefs could reside. The royal grounds were separated by a massive wall from where defeated warriors or those who violated sacred laws would take refuge and earn forgiveness before returning to normal Hawaiian life. The park was established to allow visitors to understand and learn the old Hawaiian ways of life. There were also large sea turtles and beautiful tropical fish swimming in the waters of the bay, they were very visible from the shore. This was one of my favorite places that we visited through out the islands. I recommend this stop to everyone. Very historic, very beautiful, very educational.

Visited April 2014
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