Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

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  • Talisa C.
    "Favorite place in the big island."(3 Tips)
    Jackson D.
    "Use caution when exploring by the water, lava rock can be slippery."(3 Tips)
    Whitney H.
    "Take the self guided tour"(3 Tips)
    Noelle R.
    "Best snorkeling I've ever seen and that's saying a lot."(8 Tips)
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  • Jackson D.
    Jackson DoddJune 27, 2013
    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.
  • Theresa .
    Theresa 💜October 5, 2013
    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.
  • James
    JamesAugust 6, 2010
    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.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 23, 2011
    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
  • HawaiiLife
    HawaiiLifeDecember 23, 2011
    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.
  • Stina M.
    Stina MMarch 22, 2012
    There's a fantastic picnic area you can drive to on the south end of the park. Great for sunsets :)
  • Talisa C.
    Talisa ChangSeptember 17, 2014
    Favorite place in the big island. Come near sunset, (we came around 5:30 in mid-September).
  • Joanna M.
    Joanna MileosJuly 22, 2013
    Interesting historical place. Want to go back and check out the snorkeling that comes highly recommended.
  • Kate M.
    Kate MaegleyAugust 13, 2011
    This is a nice spot. But beware in Warm weather it is extremely hot with all the black lava rocks
  • Christiann M.
    Christiann MAugust 24, 2012
    Awesome snorkeling right next to the historic site. Plenty of sea turtles :)
  • Zach H.
    Zach HaleJune 19, 2011
    Show up shortly after gate opens for free entry (before 8 probably). Gate open 7am-7pm.
  • Monica V.
    Monica VMarch 31, 2010
    If you snorkel, go to Two Step a 5 min walk away. Wear booties as lava rocks are hot and entry / exit is slippery.
  • Hsini
    HsiniSeptember 11, 2013
    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 :(
  • Susan M B.
    Susan M BakerSeptember 23, 2013
    Stunning place! There are sometimes turtles in the surf here so keep an eye out.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FullerMarch 22, 2014
    Beautiful snorkling spot! Beginners, be aware that the waves can get intense along the rocky coast.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WarmannJanuary 8, 2014
    Come early to beat the crowds and have the best weather. Storms often move in by the afternoon.
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.February 1, 2015
    Very interesting cultural site that's well worth exploring after a morning snorkel at Two Step.
  • Maya A.
    Maya AcostaMarch 24, 2013
    Paid $5 to get in because we didn't realize there was a beach next door. Live and learn
  • angel m.
    angel melsJune 9, 2010
    Hawaii ancient sacred sites. Self guided tour. Please respect the site.
  • Al
    AlOctober 18, 2013
    Very interesting historical and spiritual spot. Beautiful!
  • Noelle R.
    Noelle RellesAugust 16, 2010
    Best snorkeling I've ever seen and that's saying a lot.
  • Rachael E.
    Nice spot for a self guided, historical tour
  • Cheri L.
    Cheri LeemanFebruary 14
    It's an ancient historical city of refuge...
  • Hiedi V.
    Hiedi VNovember 23, 2012
    Tiki's galore! Gotta love those tiki's.
  • Shanese A.
    Shanese AlexanderMay 29, 2014
    Really lovely place.
  • Yen-Lun T.
    Yen-Lun TsengNovember 30, 2013
    The place was quite hot. Wear shorts and sandals.
  • Jen A.
    Jen AOctober 4, 2012
    $5 for day use. #bigisle2012
  • TipsonRoadTripping
    TipsonRoadTrippingNovember 10, 2015
    Awesome views
  • Colin D.
    Colin DeVaughanJuly 12, 2013
    I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat.
  • Stacy R.
    Stacy ReardonAugust 28, 2010
    Lovely, peaceful spot.
  • Whitney H.
    Whitney HunterFebruary 28, 2010
    Take the self guided tour
  • Chris S.
    Chris StotenJuly 9, 2015
    Great swimming beach
  • meo
    meoApril 8, 2014
    プウホヌア・オ・ホナウナウはハワイ語で避難、保護という意味。ハワイ古来のタブーを犯してしまった人々が逃げ込んで、禊を行えば罪が赦された聖地。
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