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

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If you are interested in Hawaiian history, this is a must see

This is a very impressive heiau that is worth the effort to get to. Four-whhel drive is highly recommended for the 1.5 mile section between the airport and heiau. If there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bill C
New Hampshire
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New Hampshire
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very impressive heiau that is worth the effort to get to. Four-whhel drive is highly recommended for the 1.5 mile section between the airport and heiau. If there hasn’t been any rain recently, a high clearance 2-wheel drive vehicle can make it. It is reportedly the oldest historical site on the island and was used for sacrifices.... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This is not a place you accidentally happen upon. You have to want to go there, and the getting there is not super easy. It involves going off-road a bit and about a one mile hike over some occasionally daunting puddles (actually, more like ponds). I made a rookie mistake on the way in, and attempted to cross the ponds... More 

1 Thank Hepe2455
SW Virginia
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This was a nice hike to visit the first Heiau (temple) on the Big Island. Since I was in a rental I didn't attempt to drive any further than the house right past the airport, but the hike is flat and easy. It IS hot, so be sure to bring water. The hike is only about 1.5 miles in and... More 

2 Thank H20-Gal
Courtenay, Canada
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288 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 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 

1 Thank Smoltman
Roseland, New Jersey
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488 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 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 5 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 

2 Thank LoganDuncan
Eugene, Oregon
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67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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 

3 Thank jdkegel
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169 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 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 

1 Thank Yukonpuppy
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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