Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park Hula credits Hula dancers
Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park Canoe Hale in the Royal Grounds credits NPS Photo / Jeff Walsh Visitors from around the world visit Puuhonua o Honaunau NHP every year to learn more about Hawaiian history and culture
Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park The Great Wall and Puuhonua credits NPS Photo The Great Wall separates the Royal Grounds from the Puuhonua and demonstrates the impressive Hawaiian dry stacked masonry technique.
Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park Hale o Keawe Keoneele Cove credits NPS Photo / Tyler Chisholm Hale o Keawe the royal mausoleum brings visitors and current cultural practitioners to Puuhonua o Honaunau.
Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park Sunset in the Tide Pools credits NPS Photo / Jeff Walsh The Picnic Area is a fantastic place to catch a beautiful Hawaiian sunset.
Imagine you had just broken the sacred laws, the kapu, and the only punishment was death. Your only chance of survival is to elude your pursuers and reach the Pu?uhonua, a place of refuge. The Pu?uhonua protected the kapu breaker, defeated warriors, as well as civilians during the time of battle. No physical harm could come to those who reached the boundaries of the Pu?uhonua.
From Kailua-Kona: Take Highway 11 south, approximately 20 miles. Between mileposts 103 and 104, at the Honaunau Post Office, turn right towards the ocean onto Hwy 160. Travel 3.5 miles and turn left at the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park sign. Travel times will vary due to traffic conditions in North Kona.