We were turned back by Park Rangers today, so we're watching the local news to see if we can return to visit this historic site.
One news article regarding the big ocean swells:
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park was slated to remain closed through the weekend and will only open in phases after that.
“What we’re seeing is as bad or worse than the tsunami of 2011,” said park superintendent Tammy Duchesne. “Many of the sea walls were breached and in many areas they just look like rubble.”
The Royal Grounds were swamped with surf, and rocks and debris scattered through the park. The road to the picnic area was washed out and must be repaired before that portion of the park can reopen, Duchesne said. The public can stay updated on closures through the park’s website or Facebook page, she said.
Many West Hawaii beach parks remained closed Friday and a high surf warning remained in effect until 6 p.m. today.
Waves 10 to 15 feet high were forecast for west-facing shores Friday and today, according to the National Weather Service, with a reinforcement of swell height Friday night and Saturday expected to keep waves within the hazard range. North shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui were slated for waves today in the 20 to 30 foot range, up from 15 to 20 feet.