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America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass
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America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass
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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 yesterday

Toured the sight and learned about it’s purpose. Amazing history and such a special purpose this land held for the natives of the islands. Interesting carvings of the gods/protectors and chapel are at the farthest point of the cove. I was fascinated by the games...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mmpay2go
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was interesting from a historical point of view, and the park is very well kept. On the day we were there the $15 admission fee was waived (not sure why, but yay!). The City of Refuge was where rule-breakers, defeated warriors, and citizens during...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank writeonOntario
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We arrived a bit late around 4pm so couldn’t attend the ranger talks and also audio wasn’t available anymore. But therefore parking and entrance was free and the experience nevertheless beautiful as just very few other people were visiting. So we walked around the black...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 441j_rnb
Reviewed 4 days ago

Came here to see and learn about some of the ancient Hawaiian history and traditions. Probably the best park for that, great self-guided tours, great things to see and we even met a young Hawaiian native, dressed in traditional costume, who was making a drum....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CDNTerry
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This sacred park was one of our must stops on the island. Not only is the site beautiful but be sure to listen to the very informative ranger talk that will give you a greater appreciation of the site and ancient Hawaiian culture.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TikkiTalk
Reviewed 1 week ago

The park is laid out very well for self-guided tours, with some audio at the beginning and easy-to-follow markers corresponding to the map. It is also a beautiful place to just wander around, enjoying the scenery. Because the area is considered sacred, no picnicking, smoking,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jet126
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hesitated on driving down Kailua-Kona to this spot on our last evening on the Big Island, and needless to say we were so blown away by this National Park & the Honaunau Bay that we just loved the experience of visiting this park. I...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank HT0375
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to spend a day on the big island of Hawaii just south of Kailua-Kona. The admission/parking is 15 dollars/car but well worth it. Tour the well preserved and labeled ruins of the 'place of refuge'. There is also a slightly longer trail that...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 509esbenv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The price has gone up to $15 per car. I love seeing the Tikis and other historical buildings and objects. We took a nice walk around the grounds. Unfortunately we didn't see any turtles this time which is really unusual.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DebW536
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at 8:30 in the morning and were not charged admission (booth in parking lot was not staffed). The site is beautiful and feels magical. Palm trees, lava walls, fish ponds, carvings. We saw a pod of spinner dolphins going by, toward Two-Step. Very...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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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