Parks & Museums
The parks and museums on the Big Island range from ancient places of worship and natural wonders to an astronomy center that ties ancient navigation to contemporary research.
Volcanoes National Park
The park is the largest in the state. And the only place in Hawai‘i where active volcanoes continue to create new land, expelling molten lava to the surface.
Pu‘uhonua Honaunau National Historic Park (City of Refuge)
This is where kapu-breakers (individuals who violated a sacred law) sought refuge from their pursuers. If they could reach the city of refuge, they would be saved. Located approximately 15 minutes south of Hokuli‘a.
Pu‘ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
One of the largest preserved heiaus (ancient places of worship) in Hawai‘i and a national historic site. It was originally constructed under the rule of King Kamehameha I, to honor the God of War, Pu‘ukohola, in hopes that it would bring the end to a war in the late 1700’s.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
Part Hawaiian cultural center, part astronomy museum, ‘Imiloa (meaning explore/explorer) provides an educational and cultural complement to the research being conducted atop 14,000-foot Mauna Kea. Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy are shown through exhibits, shows and educational events.