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Honaunau is a small village located along Highway 11 on the sunny, southwestern coast of The Big Island, and just south of the town of Captain Cook. With its proximity to Honaunau Bay and Puuhonua Bay, Honaunau offers some of the best snorkeling and diving on the island. In the village, you can also watch outrigger canoes being launched, or hike a shoreline trail along the ocean. But the most interesting attraction in Honaunau is Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, or "Place of Refuge at Honaunau." This historic and cultural site is easily accessible, and is the most restored religious sanctuary in Hawaii. In ancient times, it was a sacred place of refuge for warriors and kapu (taboo) breakers. The park is very well maintained, and has helpful rangers on hand, exhibits and a brochure that takes you through a self-guided tour of the grounds. Many find the park a place of peace and serenity, a restful place to hike and spend some quiet time. Honaunau is home to several beautiful bed and breakfasts, most with spectacular, unobstructed ocean views, as well as several family run hotels and restaurants.

Surrounding areas: Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii (3.3 mi), Kealia, Hawaii (3.4 mi), Captain Cook, Hawaii (3.5 mi), Kealakekua, Hawaii (5.8 mi), Opihihale, Hawaii (8.3 mi), Keauhou, Hawaii (9.3 mi), Hokulia, Hawaii (9.8 mi)

Honaunau Vacation Rentals

Honaunau Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Kona Coast Resort IIAlii DrKailua-kona, HI16.6 mi.(808) 324-1721
Kanaloa At KonaManu Kai StKona, HI16.6 mi.(808) 822-9025

Honaunau Weather & Climate

Hawaii has a subtropical climate with only two seasons - summer, between May and October, and winter, between October and April. The Big Island is the largest and youngest of the Hawaiian Islands, and its' climate varies only in amount of rainfall, not in temperatures. The South Kona Coast region near Kealakekua Bay is on the Big Island's dry west side. The most influencing factor is orographic - caused by the mountains. The dry leeward coast of The Big Island, which is protected from clouds by the 13,600-foot summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, receives less than 30 inches of rain per year - in comparison to the east windward coast which receives an average of 130 inches. During summer, it is not uncommon for daytime skies to remain clear blue for weeks on end.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 76°F 59°F 2.48 in. 72°F
February 76°F 58°F 2.04 in. 72°F
March 76°F 59°F 2.21 in. 71°F
April 76°F 60°F 2.71 in. 72°F
May 76°F 61°F 2.74 in. 72°F
June 77°F 62°F 3.32 in. 74°F
July 78°F 64°F 3.82 in. 74°F
August 79°F 63°F 3.23 in. 75°F
September 79°F 63°F 4.37 in. 75°F
October 79°F 63°F 3.31 in. 75°F
November 78°F 62°F 1.99 in. 74°F
December 77°F 60°F 2.08 in. 73°F

Honaunau Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kona International At Keahole airport (KOA) located about 22 miles northwest of Honaunau in Kailua / Kona, Hawaii, the Waimea Kohala airport (MUE) located approximately 40 miles northeast of Honaunau in Kamuela, Hawaii, and finally the Hilo International airport (ITO) located roughly 58 miles east of Honaunau in Hilo, Hawaii.

Honaunau Attractions

State Parks
Manukä State ParkHI23.9 mi. 
Kona Coast State ParkHI24.8 mi. 
Mauna Kea State ParkHI32.0 mi. 
Hapuna Beach State ParkHI37.7 mi. 

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