Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 6 publications
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6 expert recommendations


Fodor's Tick Choice

This 420-acre National Historical Park houses the best preserved puuhonua (place of refuge) in the state. Full review →

An aura of ancient sacredness and serenity still embues the place.

Frommer's 34

This sacred site on the black-lava Kona Coast certainly looks forbidding... a free, 2-day cultural festival, usually held the last weekend in June. Full review →

No concessions in the park, other than bottled water at the bookstore.

Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

This awesome park is an ancient place of refuge – or puʻuhonua, a sanctuary where kapu (taboo)-breakers could have their lives spared.


Michelin Guide 54

During the 16C, defeated warriors and kapu (religious taboo) violators found refuge at this lava-black place by the sea. Places of refuge (pu'uhonua) were found on every island in ancient times. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

The huge, centuries-old temples... lie in ruins at this ancient historical site, sacred to native Hawaiians. Full review →

The surrounding Kealakekua Bay with its cliffs and spinner dolphins makes for a gorgeous backdrop.


This 180-acre national historic park was once a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers Full review →

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