Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

If you had lived in Hawaii about 450 years ago, you would have been subject to Kona laws. There were many of these laws, including not standing in the shadow of a deity, eating with a woman, stealing, or killing. Many of the regulations came with a death penalty if you broke them. If you could get to the Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau before a guard caught you, then a priest could pardon you. See where the pardons happened, priests lived, and more beautiful scenery when you visit Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

Start your visit to Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park at the visitors center, where you can see part of the original wall that divided this area into two parts. Then, explore the Royal Gardens. Head to the north to explore the Pu'uhonua. This was an area where pardoned individuals could live out their days, which was why this park was initially called the City of Refuge Park. See wooden images and an ancient Heiau. This is also a fantastic place to enjoy the bay and its tidal pools. 

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How To Get To Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

It is easy to get from Captain Cook, Hawaii, to Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park. Start by getting on Hawaii Belt Road going south. This road will become State Highway 160. Turn left on Pu'uhonua Road, which becomes Keala O Keawe Road. Turn right on Honaunau Beach Road. The historical park will be on your right. Many people choose to take a boat or a plane from Honolulu to visit this location. 

Address

State Hwy 160, Hōnaunau, Hawaii 96726

Fee: Entry fee (per pedestrian or cyclist, age 16+) $10

Fee: Entry fee (per pedestrian or cyclist, age 15 and under) $0

Fee: Entry fee (per motorcycle) $15

Fee: Entry fee (per vehicle, 1-8 people) $20

Learn more about the Kona laws and the pardoning that a priest could do if a person could reach them in time by visiting Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park. A great way to get to this park is in an RV. If you do not live in Hawaii, consider renting one on RVshare.com.