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Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
This 420-acre National Historical Park is the best preserved puuhonua in the state. Providing a safe haven for noncombatants, kapu (taboo) breakers, defeated warriors and others—a puuhonua offered redemption and protection for anyone who could reach its boundaries. The oceanfront 960-foot stone wall still stands today and is one of the park's most prominent features. A number of ceremonial temples, including the restored Hale o Keawe Heiau ( circa 1700) have served as royal burial chambers. An "aura" of ancient sacredness still embues the place to this day. www.nps.gov/puho. COST: $5 per vehicle. OPEN: Park daily 7 am--sunset; visitor center daily 8 am--4:30 pm.