Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park attractions

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Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

This awesome park is an ancient place of refuge – or puʻuhonua, a sanctuary where kapu (taboo)-breakers could have their lives spared. A half-mile walking tour encompasses major sites – the visitor center provides a…
National Park in Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Picnic Area

Just south of the park’s central village area, an oceanfront palm-tree grove holds one of South Kona’s choicest picnic areas. Parking, picnic tables and BBQs face a wide slab of pahoehoe (smooth-flowing lava), which…
Temple in Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Hale o Keawe Heiau

'The temple on the point of the cove,' located a few hundred yards past the main park entrance, was built around 1650 and contains the bones of 23 chiefs. It was believed that the mana (spiritual essence) of the chi…
Ruins in Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Great Wall

Leading up to Hale o Keawe Heiau is the Great Wall, separating the royal grounds from the puʻuhonua (place of sanctuary). Built around 1550, this stone wall is over 1000ft long and 10ft high. Inside the wall are two…
Landmark in Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Keoneʻele Cove

Once this was the royal canoe landing; now it's a tongue of sand that hooks into the waters (wave to those snorkelers at Two-Step just across the way) and a favorite resting spot for sea turtles.