Pu'uhonua O Honaunau
84-5574 Honaunau Beach Road, Captain Cook, Big Island, Hawaii
One of the best-reviewed destinations in Hawaii, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park was once a holy “place of refuge” for native islanders who’ve broken ancient laws to seek asylum and absolution. Now under government protection, this 182-acre park is still sacred ground for those seeking refuge from the daily grind. Not only does it offer amazing views of Honaunau Bay and the chance to immerse yourself in Hawaiian history by visiting ancient temple platforms, village sites, and royal fishponds, but the site lends itself to other fun activities like snorkeling and hiking.