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Address: 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9720
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+1 808-882-7218 ext. 1011
07:45 - 16:45
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A stone temple built by King Kamehameha in 1719.

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Learn of the ruins

We enjoyed walking around the ruins and then going on down to the beach. The National Park rangers were very knowledgeable of the area and provided great insight to how lives... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Brent V
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

We enjoyed walking around the ruins and then going on down to the beach. The National Park rangers were very knowledgeable of the area and provided great insight to how lives were here prior to the USA taking over Hawaii.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is so well done, with movies, displays a gift shop and information ....walking paths take you to a visual tour of much of many historic landmarks...all is to enjoy at no charge....

Thank Mary M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

The visitor center had really interesting artifacts. If you have a smartphone you can listen to an audio tour as you walk around the grounds. The rangers were super nice and helpful. Worth a stop. It's free.

Thank Kimraem
Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

The walk is beautiful and the temple is awe-inspiring. The stop at the visitor centre is very cool with hands-on displays. I would definitely recommend to anyone that wants to learn more about Hawaiian culture and history - a must stop. Another free venue that has a donation box (which I encourage people to use), as well as a gift... More 

1 Thank Mihart
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This site is just down the street from my parent's home in North Kohala. The view from the road has always caught my eye and I finally got the chance to see it. The visitor's center is brilliantly set up for the visitor to get a timeline of events leading up to the significance of this site. It is a... More 

1 Thank Thomas C
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Watch the video to learn about king Kamehameha. Very interesting. Good paths for seniors. No fee to enter this National Park. Good for watching for whales.

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Washington State
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

An excellent ranger station contains clear info about this site and its history. Wear a hat as the short trek to the heiau is in the open sun. Non-Hawaiians are not allowed to climb on the heiau itself, but there are paths to the beach area where the village once stood. Take time to read the informational boards at the... More 

1 Thank Seattle07
Georgetown, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Amazing that this temple structure was constructed by moving stones hand-to-hand along a chain of people approximately 20 miles in length. Easy one-half mile walk around temple remains. Do take plenty of water. Climate is hot and dry in this region of the Big Island.

1 Thank Don A
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Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

This is an excellent park to learn more about Hawaiian history. The heiau is impressive. The visitors center is well done. Give yourself some time to watch videos there. There isn't much shade on the trail so sunscreen & hat are needed. It's a short trail but you are right on the water in a dry environment - the sun... More 

1 Thank Joanna L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Most parks we have visited seemed clustered on the wet (or East) side of the island. This one is on the dry (or West) side of the island. Be prepared for grassland rather than rainforest. There is even a double-canoe pirogue to take people on tour of bay = Exact replica of ones used by natives in the past. Rocks... More 

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