COVID-19 Safety

During this COVID-19 pandemic, the health and wellness of our visitors, employees, partners, and communities are of the utmost concern. The National Park Service (NPS) continues to work service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and is using a phased approach to safely increase access on a park-by-park basis. For more information on the current status of operations at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park visit the Current Conditions page.

For information on how to stay safe as you visit Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau NHP and other National Park Service sites continue reading below.

Staying Safe in Your Parks

COVID-19 Safety information poster

The health and safety of those who visit and work in national parks continues to be paramount, which is why we ask visitors to be our partner in adopting social distancing practices. The CDC has offered guidance to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases while enjoying the outdoors.

Park rangers remain on duty to protect visitors and resources and uphold normal regulations. When recreating, the public is encouraged to follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, social distance and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. During these initial phases of resuming operations, visitors should be prepared for limited access to services.

We urge visitors to park only in designated areas, pack out everything you bring into a park, plan a visit at times other than busiest of the day, maintain social distance from other visitors, wear a face covering and if you encounter a crowded trail-head or area, seek another location to recreate.  

We are also encouraging visitors to find their virtual park! Explore Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park from the comfort of anywhere in the world through the virtual tour, the PUHO Facebook page (for videos, photos, and interpretive posts), and the Learn About The Park section of this website.


COVID Mask Requirement

To protect the health of those who live, work and visit our national parks and facilities, and in support of the President’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, the National Park Service (NPS) implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors.

“Wearing a mask around others, physical distancing, and washing your hands are the simplest and most effective public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said NPS Office of Public Health Director Captain Sara Newman. “Getting outside and enjoying our public lands is essential to improving mental and physical health, but we all need to work together to recreate responsibly.”

Face masks are now required in all NPS buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks and historic homes. Additional public health measures are in place across the service, from capacity limits to one-way trails, or even temporary closures in response to local conditions.

“Working with public health officials and following the latest science and guidance, we can make national parks safer for employees, visitors and partners,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge. “We will continue to evaluate operations and make appropriate modifications to visitor services as needed.”

COVID-19 Mask Requirement in Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau NHP

Superintendent John Broward issued Administrative Closure Order #21-001 on February 10, 2021 regarding mask usage in the park.

"Individuals over the age of two years must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations:

  1. All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.
  2. The following outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained:
    • Benches, walkways and all outdoor areas adjacent to the Bookstore
    • Parking lot, Fee booth and exterior porch/lanai of Administrative Office
    • Royal Grounds, Hale o Keawe, Halau Wa’a (Canoe House) and interpretive trail in Royal Grounds and the Pu’uhonua.
    • Portable toilets and common spaces in the Picnic Area

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement."

View the full Administrative Closure Order #21-001

Recreate Responsibly

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Park Service encourages all visitors to help keep parks and communities safe by recreating responsibly when visiting your National Parks. For tips on how to recreate responsibly please see the infographic below or visit the NPS Recreate Responsibly Webpage. We're all in this together, mahalo (thank you) for your kōkua (help).

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Stylized image of lava rock and white sand beach with coconut trees with the title: "RECREATE RESPONSBILY" and the following tips: 1) KNOW BEFORE YOU GO, Visit to find information on current park conditions and operations. Make a plan, have supplies on hand, and if you are sick, stay home. 2) KEEP IT WITH YOU, Brought something in? It's your responsibility to take it out. Trash pickup and restrooms may continue to be limited throughout many NPS sites; as always follow the "leave no trace" rule. 3) KEEP YOUR DISTANCE, Recreate with people in your household. Give others plenty of room with CDC social distancing guidelines of six feet, and cover your nose and mouth if safe social distancing is not possible. 4) KNOW YOUR LIMITS, Consider postponing challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on the pandemic. 5) KEEP IT CLOSE, Follow the state and county orders governing open status of the area you're considering visiting. When possible, stay close to home."

Last updated: February 10, 2021

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