Located in the small seaside town of Captain Cook, just miles away from the luxury resorts that populate Hawaii Island’s famous Kona Coast is an incredible national historical park full of fascinating stories, and plenty of intrigue. Often referred to as a “place of refuge,” this historic site preserves the location where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a law would flee to in order to avoid certain death.

The Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park opens at 7 a.m. daily and closes 15 minutes after sunset. Free ranger-led tours are usually offered daily, and the tour schedule can be obtained by calling 808.328.2288 or 808.328.2326. Visitors will need to pay $5 per car to park at the historical park.

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