Welcome to Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Standing at the end of a long semi-desert of thorny scrub and lava plains, the national park fronting Honaunau Bay provides one of the state’s most evocative experiences of ancient Hawaiʻi, and easy access to some of the best snorkeling anywhere. In short, Puʻuhonua o Honaunau combines a seminal historical experience with some of the best wildlife-spotting on the island, and to access all this, you just need to be able to fit a snorkel in your mouth. The park’s tongue-twister name simply means ʻplace of refuge at Honaunau.’
Early morning or late afternoon is an optimal time to visit to avoid the midday heat and crowds. On the weekend closest to July 1, show up for the park's annual cultural festival, an extravaganza of traditional food, hula dancing, Hawaiian crafts and cultural demonstrations.