Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

Historic Site and Park
Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Captain Cook, HI 96704, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM

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  • What you need to know
    early native Hawai'ian history and culture.(2 Tips)
    Jackson D.
    The self-guided tour takes about an hour.(4 Tips)
    Noelle R.
    Best snorkeling I've ever seen and that's saying a lot.(8 Tips)
    Talisa C.
    Come near sunset, (we came around 5:30 in mid-September).(2 Tips)
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  • lava rocks
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  • sea turtles
  • Mark J.

    Very interesting cultural site that's well worth exploring after a morning snorkel at Two Step.

    Mark Jahnke · February 1
  • Talisa C.

    Favorite place in the big island. Come near sunset, (we came around 5:30 in mid-September).

    Talisa Chang · September 17, 2014
  • Shanese A.

    Really lovely place.

    Shanese Alexander · May 29, 2014
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    meo · April 8, 2014
  • Andrew F.

    Beautiful snorkling spot! Beginners, be aware that the waves can get intense along the rocky coast.

    Andrew Fuller · March 22, 2014
  • Chris W.

    Come early to beat the crowds and have the best weather. Storms often move in by the afternoon.

    Chris Warmann · January 8, 2014
  • Yen-Lun T.

    The place was quite hot. Wear shorts and sandals.

    Yen-Lun Tseng · November 30, 2013
  • Al

    Very interesting historical and spiritual spot. Beautiful!

    Al · October 18, 2013
  • Theresa .

    Take the self guided tour learn about early native Hawaiian history and culture. The nearby beach/rock area called Two Step has some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island.

    Theresa 💜 · October 5, 2013
  • Susan M B.

    Stunning place! There are sometimes turtles in the surf here so keep an eye out.

    Susan M Baker · September 23, 2013
  • Hsini

    Careful not to step on sea urchins! Enter by the two step and jump right in to see nice colorful reef! No luck with dolphins that morning :(

    Hsini · September 11, 2013
  • Joanna M.

    Interesting historical place. Want to go back and check out the snorkeling that comes highly recommended.

    Joanna Mileos · July 22, 2013
  • Colin D.

    I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat.

    Colin DeVaughan · July 12, 2013
  • Jackson D.

    Arrive at the park early; the afternoon sun can be brutal, as there is little shade. The self-guided tour takes about an hour. Use caution when exploring by the water, lava rock can be slippery.

    Jackson Dodd · June 27, 2013
  • Maya A.

    Paid $5 to get in because we didn't realize there was a beach next door. Live and learn

    Maya Acosta · March 24, 2013
  • Hiedi C.

    Tiki's galore! Gotta love those tiki's.

    Hiedi C · November 23, 2012
  • Sonnie S.

    Entry fee is good at all National Parks for seven days. Make sure to keep your receipt.

    Sonnie Swenston-Forbes · October 22, 2012
  • Jen A.

    $5 for day use. #bigisle2012

    Jen A · October 4, 2012
  • Christiann M.

    Awesome snorkeling right next to the historic site. Plenty of sea turtles :)

    Christiann M · August 24, 2012
  • Stina M.

    There's a fantastic picnic area you can drive to on the south end of the park. Great for sunsets :)

    Stina M · March 22, 2012
  • HawaiiLife

    Best off shore snorkeling down south... Its amazing! Try to find the spelling of ALOHA with rocks under the water out to the right side of bay.

    HawaiiLife · December 23, 2011
  • Kate M.

    This is a nice spot. But beware in Warm weather it is extremely hot with all the black lava rocks

    Kate Maegley · August 13, 2011
  • Smithsonian Channel

    Native Hawaiian tradition held that if lawbreakers could evade capture and make it to this sacred place, they would be spared death and forgiven by the temple’s priests. (From Aerial America) Read more

    Smithsonian Channel · June 23, 2011
  • Zach H.

    Show up shortly after gate opens for free entry (before 8 probably). Gate open 7am-7pm.

    Zach Hale · June 19, 2011
  • Stacy R.

    Lovely, peaceful spot.

    Stacy Reardon · August 28, 2010
  • Noelle R.

    Best snorkeling I've ever seen and that's saying a lot.

    Noelle Relles · August 16, 2010
  • James

    Great park to learn about early native Hawai'ian history and culture. The nearby beach/rock area called Two Step has some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island.

    James · August 6, 2010
  • angel m.

    Hawaii ancient sacred sites. Self guided tour. Please respect the site.

    angel mels · June 9, 2010
  • Monica V.

    If you snorkel, go to Two Step a 5 min walk away. Wear booties as lava rocks are hot and entry / exit is slippery.

    Monica Vega · March 31, 2010
  • Whitney H.

    Take the self guided tour

    Whitney Hunter · February 28, 2010

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