Introducing Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Visiting this unique national park fronting Honaunau Bay is a memorable experience. You'll almost always hear this park referred to as the Place of Refuge, since the name, meaning 'place of refuge at Honaunau,' is such a tongue twister. In 2008, the park acquired 238 acres of adjacent land, more than doubling its extent; and in 2010, all the temples and hale (houses) were upgraded with new roofs. If you're on-island the weekend closest to July 1, pop down for the Cultural Festival, an extravaganza of traditional food, hula, crafts and demonstrations.
Early morning or late afternoon is the optimum time to visit the park to avoid the midday heat and crowds. However, the seaside picnic tables and BBQs here are some of the island's best lunch spots. For an especially powerful (if eerie) atmosphere, visit on the full moon. Beach wheelchairs (like SUVs for the mobility challenged) are available free at the visitors center. Snorkeling in the park proper is highly discouraged; instead, head south to nearby Two-Step.