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 o 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!
$10 individual (7 days) / $20 vehicle (7 days)
Same as adult
Pack a lunch for yourselves as there is no food available within the park.
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!
The bookstore offers educational items and souvenirs for you to take home!
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!
There are drinking fountains at the center, and there is bottled water available at the bookstore
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
There are Junior Ranger programs available for kids 7 to 12 years. A great way for them to enhance their learning experience!