Covering nearly 420 acres over three ahupuaʻa (traditional Hawaiian units of land), Puʻuhonua O Hōnaunau is a National Historic Park that encompasses over 400 years of Hawaiian history and culture. In ancient Hawaiʻi, a puʻuhonua (also known as Place of Refuge) served as a transition site for lawbreakers and asylum seekers during war. Upon reaching this sacred site, the individual breaking the law could be saved.
Today, Puʻuhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park also includes the historic 1871 Trail and Kiʻilae Village, an old farming and fishing site. Fringed with palms, the park offers a peek at petroglyphs, house models and a giant rock wall. Visitors are asked to stay solely on the marked trails and paths while taking precautions not to touch, walk or climb on its structures.
Due to its sacred nature, the following is prohibited on-site: commercial filming, nudity, beach chairs, towels, mats, beach umbrellas, coolers, picnicking, pets, weddings or wedding photos, smoking and recreational activities.
The park opens daily at 7 a.m. and closes 15 minutes after sunset. Entrance fees are $5 per vehicle (up to eight passengers) and $3 per walk-in (one individual entering by foot, bicycle or motorcycle).