Places to See - Place of Refuge

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, also called Place of Refuge, is an exceptional area with a magical feeling of the Hawaiian Kingdom as it once was. Designated a national park, it is worth a visit. Take the time to read the little brochure as you walk through the park. Each presentation is marked by a numbered coconut and corresponds to an item in the brochure. To the south, a short drive but still within the park, tables stand invitingly waiting for picnickers along the lava-covered beach. Large tide pools can be seen and explored.

The Place of Refuge is guarded by the temple gods
These temple gods guard the Place of Refuge and the bones of the Ali'i (Hawaiian chiefs or noblemen) once laid to rest close by (now removed to Bishop Museum in Honolulu)
Carved wooden temple gods with Honaunau Bay in the background
Behind the temple gods, you can see Honaunau Bay where the best snorkeling over coral beds can be found
A large fishpond at Place of Refuge
A fish pond on the grounds of Place of Refuge where the Ali'i grew fish for food