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Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (City of Refuge or Place of Refuge)

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Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (City of Refuge or Place of Refuge) Review

This 420-acre National Historical Park houses the best preserved puuhonua (place of refuge) in the state. Providing a safe haven for noncombatants, kapu (taboo) breakers, defeated warriors, and others, the puuhonua offered protection and redemption for anyone who could reach its boundaries, by land or sea. The oceanfront, 960-foot stone wall still stands and is one of the park's most prominent features. A number of ceremonial temples, including the restored Hale o Keawe Heiau ( circa 1700) have served as royal burial chambers. An aura of ancient sacredness and serenity still embues the place.

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  • Address: Rte. 160, about 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona Honaunau, HI 96726 | Map It
  • Phone: 808/328–2288
  • Cost: $5 per vehicle
  • Hours: Park daily 7 am–sunset; visitor center daily 8–4:30
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  • Location: Kona Coast
Updated: 02-25-2014

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    Big Island Gem of a Park!

    This park was really cool. The history behind it was fascinating and the park itself is stunning. The admission price gets you in for an entire week, definitely a great value. Fantastic snorkeling next to the park as well.

    by Rockgirl, 7/19/07

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