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Puukohola National Historic Park

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Address: Hwy 270, near Kawaihae Harbor, 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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+1 808-882-7218
07:45 - 16:45
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Historical park honoring King Kamehameha

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This park requires an entrance fee, or the annual national parks card. The range talk is a must to gain an understanding of the culture prior to taking the self guided tour. You... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Brent V
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This park requires an entrance fee, or the annual national parks card. The range talk is a must to gain an understanding of the culture prior to taking the self guided tour. You will even learn a little Hawaiian.

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The setting is a sheltered cove albeit with jagged rocks and fierce currents. The pamphlet with information enabled a self guided tour although there are also regular ranger led tours. The lay out was lovely and there was a serene atmosphere however I imagine if you were one of the people who made it here for refuge and had to... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This is a very sacred site for Hawaiians. Most importantly it has been sensitively preserved and the visitor centre provides quite thorough information for visitors, whether kamaaina or malihini. Kamehameha was a great warrior, an innovative thinker and blessed with wisdom. This site gives people some insight into how he came to be Kamehameha the great.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

The story of this place is truly remarkable. A line of people 25 miles long handing a single rock to each other to build this is mind blowing. From the parking lot of the park we saw whales come out of the water. Just a magnificent place. And we learned so much about the Hawaiian peoples history.

Thank Frank P
Peru, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

This is a must visit if one has any interest in learning about the history of this area. A great visitor center offers several videos focusing on Kamehameha and other aspects of Hawaiian history; in an semi open air setting accompanied by views of and breezes from the ocean. The temple/fort and surrounding area brings to life the story of... More 

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Munich, Germany
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

You can not go up to the monument - at least it was close when we was there for no obvious reason. The picture shows the closest possible view of the temple

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Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Great visitor centre with a gift shop. Hands-on displays where you will learn and feel just a teasing of what it may have been like 700 years ago. Must see for anyone - especially those interested in learning about the roots of these great people.

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Frisco, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

beautiful setting, loads of history, relaxing, not to be missed...a hidden gem. The color of the water in contrast to the coral is amazing! Bring a lunch and stay a while!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

The second-most historic site in Hawaii is nowhere near as famous as Pearl Harbor, but merits a visit if you happen to be on the Big Island. It is Pu’ukohola, located on and around Whale Hill north of Kona. The site contains several major royal heiaus (temples), intimately related to the ancient Hawaiian system of kapu, and to King Kamehameha... More 

2 Thank Vincent M
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The man that united the Islands (by any means necessary) was large and in charge! This is the place from which he ruled the islands, vanquished his foes and became a legend. Wonderful historical site sacred to Hawaiians and all those with respect to the culture and history of this magical place. It is hard to walk these grounds and... More 

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