Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

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  • Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on The Big Island, Island of Hawaii, USA

    Nov 22, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Historical site of ancient Hawaiians. A beautiful view and walk/hike.
    Cons: It may be boring for some, especially young children.

    Summary: Puukohola Heiau was one of our stops during our vacation this summer. It is on the Island of Hawaii also known as The Big Island in the state of Hawaii. Heiau means an Hawaiian temple or place of worship. There are many in Hawaii, but most are ... read more

  • Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park

    May 1, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quiet, good for picnicing, fishing, walking, contemplation, historical information, self-guided tour.
    Cons: No thrill rides or paved paths.

    Summary: On the southern Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, you can find a National Historic Park on the black lava flats called, Pu’uhonua o Hanauna Bay, where some of the traditional aspects of Hawaiian life are preserved.  Included are ... read more

  • Place of Refuge from the normal tourist traps

    Feb 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very Historic
    Cons: None

    Summary: There is a unique place on the island of Hawaii called by the locals as The Place of Refuge. The Hawaiian name for this place is Pu’uhonua O Honaunau. In ancient Hawaii the law of the land was the kapu system. It evolved form the ... read more

  • Uncertain Redemption

    Oct 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Exceptional in every way...
    Cons: If only we knew more about the history of the place...

    Summary: Captain James Cook "rediscovered" the Sandwich Islands (a/k/a the Hawaiian Islands) in 1778. Prior to contact with Western Civilization, and for a short time thereafter, the polynesian natives lived by a code of conduct that was ... read more

  • Spectacular site whose sanctity still lingers

    Oct 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The landscape as a key to feeling the real history
    Cons: Displays of native practices border on kitsch

    Summary: This remarkable park protects a site held sacred by the early Polynesians as a place of refuge, where someone being pursued by the authorities would find safe haven. As a sacred site to a culture that's quite alien to most of us, this place is ... read more

  • Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

    Apr 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The beauty and the history
    Cons: None

    Summary: If you enjoy history at all when you are traveling, then you will really enjoy visiting this national park on the Big Island of Hawaii. The name, while hard to pronounce, means Place of Refuge. In ancient Hawaiian times, if someone had done ... read more

  • "Place of Refuge" National Historical Park in Hawaii: spend a half day in old Hawaii

    Jan 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: historical excellent picnic spot, sea turtles, tide pools
    Cons: none

    Summary: The "Place of Refuge," or Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, is rich in historical significance. If Hawaiians under a death sentence could reach the "Place of Refuge," an area strong in the mana of buried ancestors, they would be forgiven. This ... read more

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  • Beautiful site

    Oct 15, 2003 by
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    Pros: Beautiful scenery, no crowds, sea turtles
    Cons: Can be very hot and is a little out of the way.

    Summary: I really enjoyed my stop at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau. The scenery is terrific and most of my best photos from the trip were taken here. The site is rich with coconut palms and carved tikis and the water is crystal clear; on the day I was there I saw an ab ... read more

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