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The Hale-o-Keawe heiau, built in 1650, has been restored along with the wood images of Hawaiian gods. This national historic park is the site where kapu (taboo) breakers, escaped prisioners and vagabonds could seek refuge.

They were safe within the walls if they underwent purification rites conducted by priests who lived at the heiau. Maps are available for self-guided tours and traditional native culture is demonstrated regularly.

Poi pounding the taro root, canoe building, games and crafts are replicated frequently. The complex includes a picnic area, bathrooms and a tidal pools area next to the shore.

A nominal admission is charged, and seniors are free. Follow Hwy 11 so Keokea, turn right and follow Hwy 160 3.6 miles to Honaunau.

Location: Box 129, Hwy 160, Honaunau Hawaii 96726 Telephone 808-328-2326

Other History nearby:
(Kailua-Kona) Hulihee Palace and Museum
(Volcano) International Fireplace of Friendship
(Kailua-Kona) Kona Inn Historical Landmark
(Pahoa) Lava Tree State Monument
(Hilo) Lyman Mission House and Museum
(Kailua-Kona) Mokuaikaua Church

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