||PUUHONUA O HONAUNAU
NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
|| KEALAKEKUA BAY STATE HISTORICAL PARK
||Approx. 3.7 Miles / 12 Mins.
||Sign - Puuhonua O Honaunau (Left Side)
A 181.8-acre park. Until 1819, vanquished Hawaiian
warriors, noncombatants, and kapu (taboo) breakers could escape death by reaching this sacred
ground. Prehistoric house sites, royal fishponds, coconut groves, and spectacular shore
scenery comprise the park. Green sea turtles can often be spotted in Keone Ele cove . Humpback
whales can be seen during the winter months. A 1871 historic trail (approx. 1 mile) has
many archeological sites including temples (heiau), some sledding tracks (holua), and old
houses. There is also an open lava tube cave that ends at the face of a sea cliff.
- Leave Kealakekua Bay State Park parking
- Continue straight along Puuhonua Beach
Road (Hwy 160 - narrow one lane road)
- Go 3.6 miles to sign for Puuhonua O Honaunau
Park (left side)
- Turn Right at sign & go very short
way (0.1 mile) to Park Entrance Gate & Visitor Center parking lot
Note: Park is open daily 7-8, Visitor
Center is open daily 8-5, park fees apply ($5/vehicle-7day pass), tel. 328-2288 (inquire
about backcountry trail guide & informative handouts on the local plants and birds),
Caution: The lava tube cave has a low ceiling and flashlights are recommended.