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Honaunau - Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Hwy 160 & Hale O Keawe Rd

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau is peaceful and serene place. There are many enjoyable activities that can be done in the park. Click on the above links to plan a safe and memorable visit to this National Historical Park.

 Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is located on the South Kona coast on the island of Hawaii. It contains about 420 acres of federal lands, including the coastal areas of two ahupua'a (land divisions), Honaunau and Keokea and the upland areas of the Ki'ilae ahupua'a.

The Hawaiian concept of a sanctuary, Pu'uhonua, offering people a second chance at life is the primary story at this park. In the centuries before 1819, Hawaiian people caught in extraordinary circumstances, such as being on the losing side in war or breaking kapu (sacred law) could escape the death sentence if they could physically get to the pu'uhonua and receive absolution from the kahuna pule (priest).

In addition to being the site of the pu'uhonua, the ahupua'a of Honaunau was the original seat of the chiefdom of Kona and the ancestral home of the Kamehameha dynasty.

Free daily ranger talks are scheduled at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM in the park's amphitheater to provide the visitors an introduction to the park as well as the concept of kapu, ancient religious laws of Hawaii. Please join in and listen to the park rangers as they paint a picture of the fascinating way of life in ancient Hawaii.


Jim Wiederaenders

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Swimming with pod of 30 spinner dolphins was mountaintop. Hats off to the cool docent snorkeler who reminded us not to chase down the dolphins in our own frenzy. Better to let them circle around and we can wait for dolphins to come to us as they surface for air. Much better view of the whole dolphin pod, not just a view of their tails if we are thrashing...chasing...startling them.

Dvir Koenigstein

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
This little historical nature reserve will allow you to get a glimpse of Hawaiian history and nature all at once. See the famous tree sculptures, some historical buildings and a spectacular shore line. There are brochures at the entrance with great explanations. Nice clean wc and free parking. Great photo opportunities...

Chyna-Rae Dearman

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
This is a great historical site to visit on the Big Island! This was a site of royal grounds for the ancient Hawaiians as well as a Place of Refuge. The grounds are truly beautiful with a crystal clear bay, white sands and palm trees, as well as lava rock and freshwater ponds. Our guide was extremely well informed (she was a native after all) and you could tell she was genuinely excited about the history she was telling us. It doesn't take long to go through the entire park but it is definitely worth visiting to learn about Hawaiian history and for the scenery.

Allan Wang

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
A lovely and I think underappreciated historical Park representing significant cultural history. The setting and Coast are the standouts here. The displays and information guides are alright. The handouts are good. There's plentiful parking. They have a great picnic area to the South pass the cultural preservation area and information displays. It's particularly beautiful and uncrowded here early and late in the day.

Mazie's Adventures!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
A beautiful park loaded with history, the statues were very cool to see. You can listen to the park ranger give a history lesson at certain times throughout the day or do a self guided cell phone tour (there's a sign with instructions). The paths are rocky, I saw some older folks struggling to get around. We walked over lava rocks in the ocean and checked out the tides pools. There's also a swimming beach near by that looked nice and busy. There's a gift shop, restrooms and drinking fountains. The scenic route was a fun way to get there.

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