Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Immerse yourselves in Hawaiian history and culture by visiting the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, the 182-acre archaeological park first established in 1955. This park features burial grounds and offers self-guided tours of reconstructed villages that made up this special 'place of refuge'.
Located in South Kona, along Honaunau Bay, this land was once a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers. When Kapu, or sacred laws, were broken people would flee here to pu'uhonuas, or sacred places of refuge. A new life would be started here in a place considered to be royal grounds. To learn more details about this interesting historic and cultural aspect of Hawaii opt-in for a Park Ranger Talk during your visit.
During a self-guided tour of the national park, your group will see aspects such as the Great Wall, which stands at 12 feet high and 18 feet thick, as well as historic landmarks such as the Keoka Stone, the onsite Halau (thatched workhouse), and Keonele Cove. You will see several Kii, or wooden images of Gods, along the way to the Hale O Keawe Heiau, or Sacred Temple, as well. The temple houses the bones of 23 alii, or chiefs, an extremely important aspect of the history of the grounds.
Be sure to save plenty of time to stop at the Visitor Center and Bookstore before you go and pick up all your educational materials and fun souvenirs!