Address: State Hwy 160, Honaunau, Big Island Hawaii
Hours: Monday - Sunday 8:30am to 4:30pm Daily
Directions: Off Highway 160 in South Kona follow signs. 182 Acres of Natural Historic Beauty.
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One of the most time capsuled places on earth - The City of Refuge as many call it, you will find old Hawaii. Visiting here is an absolute must to experience what life in Hawaii was like for many many years. Simple, pristine, and unspoiled. During times of battle your only change of survival was to escape the pursuers and to reach the Pu'uhonua. For those fortunate enough to make it here they would be spared and no harm to them would be done. This extraordinary place carries many fascinating stories of old hawaii and it's historical importance in Hawaiian culture. Located at the southern end of Kealakekua Bay this fantastic place was finally designated as a National Historic Park in 1961.
Today many visitors come to see in from all over the world. It is a must do bucket list item when you are on the Big Island. The compound exhibits 10 foot walls and for those who broke the kapu (sacred) laws it was a must go escape to survive. The beautiful and rugged South Kona coast is the oceanfront setting for the "City of Refuge". A sacred site for the Ali'i chiefs and certainly the royal grounds much used by Hawaiians for centuries. A mild walk for everyone young and old this well maintained park can be enjoyed as quickly as 30 minutes to even several hours depending on each individual's interest.
Dispersed throughout the grounds you will find amazing stops to be able to read and explorer the many intriguing aspects of the spectacular park. Located on the waters of Honaunau Bay in Kona, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau is a 180 acre spectacle that will leave all visitors breathless. Nothing here is been spoiled by man's advancements. All remains as it would centuries and years ago. One of the best well preserved parks in the world and rightfully so considering it's time in Hawaiian history. Royal fishponds and residences that can only have us all wondering what it was truly like back in the day.
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