Kamakahonu

Kamakahonu, Kailua-Kona

Historic Sites • Religious Sites

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4.5
133 reviews
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Christopher M
Brookfield, WI192 contributions
Disappointing beach
Dec 2019 • Family
It was interesting to see the historical buildings. I would not go out of my way to visit this spot. I did not like sitting at this beach. The water is calm...but it murky, standing at waist level I could not see my feet. Also there was a layer of sunblock visible at the water surface. The hotel guests use the beach. It was very crowded, we were there the end of December. There are many gorgeous Hawaiian beaches around the island, this beach felt like swimming in a murky lake.
Written 22 June 2020
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Vonnie J
Greenville, NC152 contributions
Historical Site
Jan 2019
This was an interesting section to visit by the Kailua Pier. Nice walking area with informative signs explaining different parts of this site. It was easily accessible and was an interesting part of my visit.
Written 7 August 2019
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Sam M
Manila, Philippines188 contributions
Eye of the Turtle
Apr 2019 • Couples
That's what Kamakahonu means -- the Eye of the Turtle. That's what King Kamehameha called this pristine tiny inlet of golden sand on his royal estate -- where he spent his final years. Easy to get to, it is directly behind the King Kamehameha Marriott hotel and worth seeing. Standing there thinking about the King in his last years is a trip.
Written 9 July 2019
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National Park Quest
8 contributions
Fascinating surprise
May 2019 • Couples
There was more here than I expected. There was a nice little trail to follow. If you use the virtual tour, there is a wealth of information. We expected to just drop by and check it out. Ended up spending quite some time there.
Written 1 June 2019
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Odyssey568569
23 contributions
Beautiful
May 2019 • Family
By staying at KK Marriot, this sight was directly outside of our hotel so we saw it the first day we arrived.
Written 29 May 2019
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Maria C
Melbourne, Australia113 contributions
Awesome spot
Apr 2019 • Couples
Great pictures can be taken and great to learn about the cuture, a short walk away is a great snorlkelling spot. We went a few times for pictures and for snorkelling
Written 22 April 2019
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Hansi
Gold Canyon, AZ1,420 contributions
This is all about Kamehameha the Great
Apr 2019 • Couples
It is a reconstructed Heiau (Place of Worship, Temple) and you can’t get inside either but it is perhaps THIS which give it a mystical air. Parks Service will tell you the reconstruction is very authentic so I won’t argue. Kamehameha lived here the last 5 years of his life. Interesting to read up on this stuff. Great. Jew from the pier too.
Written 5 April 2019
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Luv2travel
Ontario536 contributions
Historical Interest
Sep 2018 • Couples
This site is considered one of the most important historical sites in all of Hawaii, and is where King Kamehameha I spent his final years. While the buildings are reconstructions of originals, this doesn't detract from their meaning for visitors. We enjoyed walking the path in its peaceful setting and reading the informational plaques. The first missionaries to reach Hawaii came ashore here and were well-received by the local high priest who had had a vision of the arrival of a new God. He even burned his own temple in faith of what was coming. The spot is known as Hawaii's "Plymouth Rock."
Written 19 March 2019
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Dory W
Clayton, CA227 contributions
National Park refuge
Feb 2019 • Couples
Well kept up and the docents and rangers are very helpful. Definitely a good trip to take, but bring water.
Written 3 March 2019
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Deb W
Reno, NV2,031 contributions
Nice historical site
Feb 2019 • Friends
If you are near the King Kam it's worth the visit. It isn't much of a walk and there are signs to explain what everything is.
Written 3 March 2019
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