Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park is located a few miles south of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park that we briefly visited. In my opinion, it is the most interesting historical park on Big Island, and it is a must-visit destination!
What We Did
Unlike to park at Kealakekua Bay, this park has all the necessary amenities. There were brochures at the visitor center, and the self-guided tour route was easy to follow. We simply followed the crowds and saw many things including the heiau, the building where the ali’i once lived, the houses, and the beautiful bay.
The site is split into two sections, the royal grounds and the pu’uhonua. The ali’i and their warriors lived on the royal grounds. The pu’uhonua, place of refuge, is on the other side of the great wall. It was the place for the people who broke the law. If they were able to escape from the warriors and swim across the ocean to this place, they would be forgiven. Also, if there was a war, people could seek refuge within the Pu’uhonua and return home at the end regardless of the outcome.
This historical park offers a lot of things to see and is a lot more accessible than other parks I visited in previous days. I saw a lot even though I didn’t pick up a brochure at the beginning. It is the best historical park on the Island, and I would love to visit this place again.
Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park Info
Entrance Fee: $15 per vehicle and all passengers