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Address: , Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-591-1170
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Description: Spiritual place thought to be the birthplace of King Kamehameha.

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Interesting History of the ancient Hawaiians

Saw this sacred site described in The Big Island Revealed book and had to visit. It is off the beaten path but well worth it! When you pass the wind farm and get to the airport... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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Courtenay, Canada
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Courtenay, Canada
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240 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Saw this sacred site described in The Big Island Revealed book and had to visit. It is off the beaten path but well worth it! When you pass the wind farm and get to the airport keep left. You should have a 4x4 to get there. The ancient priest named Pa'ao sacrificed tens of thousands at this site around 1000... More 

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Roseland, New Jersey
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71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

You need a Jeep to get there, and I mean a JEEP, not just a mid-size SUV. You are talking a mile and a half of BAD ROAD. As in very deep water-filled potholes and rock protrusions. When you get to the bottom, you have a quarter mile walk uphill on an uneven and not well-kept path to the top.... More 

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Syracuse, Utah
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

After driving past the wind farm, we took a wrong turn at the bottom of the road, turning right rather than left,so be sure to go to the left, with the ocean on your right as you walk on the road toward the heiau If you don't have 4 wheel drive, plan on a 45 min walk, not hard at... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Mookini Heiau is definitely not easy to reach. BUT- it is so worth the adventure to get there . Follow the standard directions , avoid the potholes, park the car, and walk on the right side of the house that's there ( ocean side). Don't be distracted by heiau signs. They will confuse you. Walk on the ocean side of... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014 via mobile

We tried to do the Mo'okini Heiau/Kamehameha birthsite trip twice. The first time Fodor guidebook and AAA map in hand we tried to find it. We drove up and down the side roads and got as far as the airport. No sign, no people. Then we went to the visitor center in Hawi and found out that it used to... More 

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151 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

My husband loves to visit the extraordinary so we jumped in the rental and headed out to King Kamehameha's birthplace. We couldn't find it because it isn't marked from the highway and our Hertz Never Lost GPS just wouldn't acknowledge the King. So we stopped at the North Kohala Welcome Center. They were extremely nice and pulled out a map... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We visited here while exploring the northern end of the Big Island. It's quite an adventure to get here. The long road down to the airport (with the windmills on the right) is beautiful - green fields, that amazing blue water, Maui looming in the distance. At the airport, turn left down the narrow dirt road. We had a Nissan... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I have been wanting to visit this place for years, and so, on a recent trip, my little boy and I hiked out to it while we were staying in Hawi. First of all, I said hike - the road to it is unpaved, so we couldn't drive there because a) we were in a Ford Fiesta and b) our... More 

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Cleveland, OH
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Visiting the Mo'okini Heiau recently reminded me of the title of the classic travel book by Dave Finkelstein and Jack London: at one very out-of-the-way spot in the Australian Outback they were told by a local "there's a lot greater nowheres than this!" The heiau is probably one of the more remote spots on the Big Island it's possible to... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We've been down the little road to Upolo Airport many times to see the wind turbines but never made that left hand turn to go to Mo'okini Heiau. As other reviewers have said, the dirt road is fine if it's dry, otherwise after some rain, it will be a mud pit in some sections. We drove our 2WD vehicle just... More 

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