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Pu'ukohola Heiau

62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9720
+1 808-882-7218 ext. 1011
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A stone temple built by King Kamehameha in 1719.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9720
+1 808-882-7218 ext. 1011
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In 1790 Kamehameha I was trying to achieve his goal of conquering and ruling all the Hawaiian islands. The prophet Kapoukahi said he would do this if he built a large heiau (temple) dedicated to his family war god, Ku, on this site. It took...More

1  Thank JAB43
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This site gives a good idea of pre-Columbian times when Indigenous people ruled the islands. The structures have suffered from the time but it's interesting to see how they were built and have a glimpse of the functioning of this culture. The scenery is beautiful...More

Thank Taqulik
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

King Kamehameha had this historic structure when it was foretold he would join the islands under his leadership. With a human line 20 miles long passing stones from one to the next. Impressive!

1  Thank Nazsnaz
Reviewed 18 July 2017

The visitor center is well done with lots of artifacts and things to read about. The trail is relatively short, but can be hot as there is no shade. People are not allowed to climb on the structures, but the goats do.

1  Thank bobndee24
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

The site is well done and easy to find. I especially enjoyed the videos. Gave me more background on the king of Hawaiian kings. Short wall not to strenuous.

2  Thank nighthawk779
Reviewed 19 June 2017

This is a really interesting site of great importance in the history of the island. The mobile phone guided tour was great, and the short walk around the site is easy and was suitable for our young children (ages 5 and 7). The kids were...More

Thank Amanda P
Reviewed 7 June 2017

National Historic Site with a good video of Hawaiian life, a paved trail for a short hike, and a gift shop. Nice views.

Thank Lois908
Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is the site of two very well preserved heaiu. A third, dedicated to the local sharks, is said to be just offshore. The park service has a building to buy a few trinkets, along with some nice informational displays. Be sure to slather on...More

1  Thank Alaena H
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

This place we have seen in the past but neve r went inside. So much history and beautiful sites. Learned how to weave a bracelet.

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Such a beautiful site to take in the history and the view of the ocean. Knowing the history of this sacred ground brings the beauty of the islands to heart.

Thank Jocelyn R
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Renee T
18 October 2015|
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Response from RDWNG1 | Reviewed this property |
It is paved, but there are a few steps if you deviate off of the main path. A few steep spots as well.