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Puukohola National Historic Park

Hwy 270, near Kawaihae Harbor, 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-882-7218
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Historical park honoring King Kamehameha
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good40%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“visitor center” (15 reviews)
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Hwy 270, near Kawaihae Harbor, 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-882-7218
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went around listening to the audio tour connected to an app by suggestion of a park ranger. It was a nice walk plenty of see. Could not go into the heiau however we learned quite a bit. The park ranger was very enthusiastic.

1  Thank Devan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice park to walk around in and see original Hawaiian structures and learn about them. The coastline is beautiful along here.

1  Thank PrincessCaro
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled across this park while driving past. I’m so glad we did! This park has a historic temple used by native Hawaiians. Visitors still cannot go into it. It’s a short hike up to the temple. Equally as cool is the beachside area, where...More

1  Thank BrennaHC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Park Service has done a wonderful job of explaining the significance of this Heiau and how it came to be constructed by Kamehameha. The Park Service Ranger gave an excellent presentation about the site and how it is still used today by indigenous peoples...More

Thank tututerri
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth the stop to walk around this heiau on the Big Island. Gives you even more insight into Hawaiian culture and history. Great staff here. Enjoyed talking to George.

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 10 December 2017

We noticed this historical site when we were looking for cheap eats in Kawaihae. The Visitor Center and signs provide historical info.

Thank twopisces
Reviewed 21 November 2017

All along the Kohola coast there are ancient Hawaiian dwellings, communities and temples. This National Park helps explore the history in a respectful way. Not as much as the State park at Lapakahi which is farther north. But a nice start if you want just...More

Thank drmlmom
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Let’s face it: without Kamehameha, all of the wars, human sacrifice, politics, missionaries, traders, and Captain Cook, we wouldn’t have the 50h State. So get into your history, learn what made Hawai’i Hawai’i, and visit this sacred site. Learn that it took thousands of men,...More

1  Thank SledMan
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the park and spent time with George the ranger and Helene and Leanne who are part of the staff. The displays were highly educational and the park itself is great. Make sure to download the narrative app as it was highly informative. Enjoy...More

Thank terry3124
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

The views on the drive down to this historical sight are amazing. The park itself is very interesting and there are park rangers on hand to tell you all about what happened here. It wasn’t very busy when we visited. Most people appear to be...More

Thank Andrew P
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26 December 2017|
Response from QuinetteTX | Reviewed this property |
The only place you can see an active lava flow is in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You can see the lava if you do a long and arduous hike, which is why some folks opt for the tour. Info for the hike can be found through... More