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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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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.
Lincoln, California
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“A Must See”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

This is a one of kind place that is quiet, clean, gorgeous and filled with history. There is so much to see and so many amazing photo opportunities. You can take a self-guided walking tour and learn about this amazing place. Highly recommend going here.

Visited September 2013
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“Very nice place if you know what to expect, but could be better”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I expected a park, well maintained and quiet, and this is what it is. As such, i am rating it highly because this is what i expected. However, it was really quiet, i mean really too quiet, like nobody. It's pretty much a ghost village. There is no animation or attempt to put life in the village for the visitors.I would have paid more at the entrance to see and talk to a couple of Polynesian guys along the way. I just feel that some basic animation would have been great. Even a simple tape recording of traditional music and songs coming out of the temple near the beach would have put some life in this place. There is true beauty in this place, but its missing something to make the experience truly memorable.

Visited July 2014
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“Beautiful and unique”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is a beautiful, peaceful, and unique place. Make sure you are there for the ranger talk (it was offered three times when I was there). The ranger was funny and very informative and made sure everyone there could pronounce the name of the park by the time he was finished! I'd highly recommend taking the time to visit this unusual spot. Following the guided tour in the pamphlet, along with a ranger talk, gives you a very good sense of the place.

There is a stone bench in front of the main wall that was reputedly favored by Mark Twain - it's a lovely, peaceful place to sit and watch the ocean. The park is not big, so you can see the whole thing in about an hour. I think the ranger talk was about 20 minutes.

Visited July 2014
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“National Historical Site Theme: Royalty and Forgiveness.”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

There are three national historical sites on the west coast of the Big Island, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, Kaloko-Honokohau, and Pu'ukohola Heiau. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau is the southern most site and if you can only visit one of the three, pick this one. There are ancient stone piles with replica huts, stone walls, and a couple of fish ponds. It's a beautiful, serene place with it's palm trees and lava coast. The park does not allow you enter the ocean for snorkeling, but Honaunau Bay is within walking distance, just north of the park. $5 to enter.

Visited May 2014
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“Hawaiian history”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We like to visit National Parks and this one did not disappoint! The rangers were available and helpful. The visitor center was clean and had numerous displays. We took the walking tour and enjoyed the grounds. We had numerous opportunities to get beautiful photographs. This is a must do if you are on the Big Island. The Pu'uhonua O Honaunau Park is fun for all ages!

Visited July 2014
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