Historical Attractions

Pu'uhonua Honaunau Historic Park Captain Cook

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Pu'uhonua Honaunau Historic Park
1871 Trail
Captain Cook
HI
96704
Tel: 808 328-2326

Where are we going today?

Are you ready to step back in time, and journey to a place that features some of the most significant traditional sites on all of the Hawaiian islands?

Then let's get ready to visit Pu'uhonua Honaunau Historical Park! In this magical part of the country, the whole family can learn about the richness and depth of Hawaiian culture and history. Your journey will be taken by self-guided tours and you can go back in time as you explore all of the sites.

The ancient Royal Grounds were once reserved for the chief, and those in the area had to abide by certain rules such as no casting shadows on the chief! Pretty incredible! The grounds are still a sacred site, so feel the energy when you're there!

Fancy playing an ancient game? Why not try konane, a game that was enjoyed within ancient Hawaii. Did you know that King Kamehameha often beat opponents in one move? That's a high bar to beat!

During your time at Pu'uhonua Honaunau Historical Park, you can also really learn about the culture by interacting with Hawaiian cultural demonstrations. Kids can learn all about fishing, and weaving, and even carving! These trades and crafts dominated the lifestyle of the people who lived in the area, so try and imagine what life would have been like for them.

Don't miss the outdoor activities in the park too - after all, you're in Hawaii! There are picnics and fishing to be enjoyed, and even snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. 

History and nature - all in paradise in this Hawaiian historical park!

Aloha! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$3 individual (7 days) / $5 vehicle (7 days)
  • ChildrenSame as adult
  • Free Under: 15 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

7am - 15 mins after sunset. Visitor center 8:30am - 4:30pm daily

All year round

Teachers corner

Submit applications at least 2 weeks in advance to make sure you can book your field trip. It's a great way for kids to learn first hand about the history and culture!.

I'm Hungry!

Pack a lunch for yourselves as there is no food available within the park..

Healthy Eating!

There are drinking fountains at the center, and there is bottled water available at the bookstore.

Any Top Tips?

The park is part of the FREE day program, so there are 5 days across the year on national holidays that the admission is free - check them out!.

Need a little extra help?

Wheelchairs are available at the visitor center and free of charge. These chairs have huge tyres to navigate the sand, but you do need another person to guide or push the chair.

Can I get one of those?

The bookstore offers educational items and souvenirs for you to take home!.

More information

There are Junior Ranger programs available for kids 7 to 12 years. A great way for them to enhance their learning experience!.

What people are saying?

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    If you are comming this way it's ok, don't come just for the park...as you will be dissapointed. It is interesting to browse for about 30-45 minutes.

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    Amazing place, worth the trip especially if your going to be near Capn Cook's

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    This well-sheltered cove has excellent access to fish, coral formations & swimming with turtles & was a twice return spot for us & will be again! Drive from Kailua on Allii Hwy through mtn coffee area & south of Capt Cook Bay follow signs to Refuge/Park then turn right across tiny bay from it -& with luck park under trees. Easy access over flat rock at 'two steps' into deep clear water -usually calm but heads up timing small/moderate swells on entry/exit to avoid bumping rock-face. You may well see divers & turtles way below you in clear water when...Read More

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    Lovely location and the snokeling at two step (same location) is famous for it's turtles and plenty of coral, however I expected to see more fish and it's not safe for kids at least where all the adults go, there is a little black sand beach near the boat ramp. Do visit for the refuge is very pretty and kids can swim in tidal pools until i found some water snakes in one but these pools are a few hundred yards from two step. If family swimming is on the days agenda read below.

    I found a more protected area great for families and snorkeling b/c...Read More

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    Beautiful! And the park has a very Interesting history. There's usually a park ranger guide giving daily presentations of the park's history. She's excellent - if you sit in to listen, you'll be glad you did (it's maybe half an hour long). A must-see when exploring the Kona/Captain Cook region of the Big Island.

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by Neil Hunt

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This well-sheltered cove has excellent access to fish, coral formations & swimming with turtles & was a twice return spot for us & will be again! Drive from Kailua on Allii Hwy through mtn coffee area & south of Capt Cook Bay follow signs to Refuge/Park then turn right across tiny bay from it -& with luck park under trees. Easy access over flat rock at 'two steps' into deep clear water -usually calm but heads up timing small/moderate swells on entry/exit to avoid bumping rock-face. You may well see divers & turtles way below you in clear water when snorkeling! However If you dont want deep water & have smaller kids there are in fact far-more accessible very shallow little bays with more dense numbers of fish & turtles at the beach/park w/facilities further up the coast just north of the Sheraton.

by Michael Bell

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Lovely location and the snokeling at two step (same location) is famous for it's turtles and plenty of coral, however I expected to see more fish and it's not safe for kids at least where all the adults go, there is a little black sand beach near the boat ramp. Do visit for the refuge is very pretty and kids can swim in tidal pools until i found some water snakes in one but these pools are a few hundred yards from two step. If family swimming is on the days agenda read below.

I found a more protected area great for families and snorkeling b/c of the break-water further out to sea keeps it relatively calm-fish everywhere and turtles in the shallows. The underwater footage here brought me back three times during my vacation. Head to kealakekua bay, no admission, lifeguard and Sam Choys grill nearby :-)

The Weather

Saturday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 78° F / 26° C
Humidity: 75 %
Wind: SW - 6 MPH

Sunday

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Temp: 82° F / 28° C
Humidity: 69 %
Wind: SW - 7 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 82° F / 28° C
Humidity: 65 %
Wind: SW - 7 MPH

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