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Address: Puu O Mahuka, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712
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An ancient temple overlooking scenic Waimea Bay.

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Temple ruins worth seeing

A sacred temple above Shark's Cove. Just ruins now but still worth seeing. And rumor has it human sacrifices took place here. Neat. There's also a great view of Waimea Bay... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Honolulu, Hawaii

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Madison, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

There might be some cultural stuff worn this site, but the drive there sucks. There were numerous times where we heard scraping of the bottom of the car from the speed bumps.. the cement v drain was a nice sight too... Once we got there, the whole area smelt like cat pee. Not like one spot. The entire area. There... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This is a huge site, a significant archaeological treasure. Perched on a hill with a commanding view of the bay, the remains of this structure are clearly defined, from the stacked exterior walls to the special use areas within. Very well signed, for any level of expertise in Hawaiian prehistory. A special thanks to Athena, at Hale o Lono heiau,... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A sacred temple above Shark's Cove. Just ruins now but still worth seeing. And rumor has it human sacrifices took place here. Neat. There's also a great view of Waimea Bay below.

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Los Angeles, California
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267 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

A very interesting sacred place that has a trail that leads to a spectacular view of Waimea Bay. You can see for miles & miles. Well worth finding.

1 Thank Helen L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I've been here many times since 1994, peaceful yet powerful. Please show respect as the ancients still stand guard as you can see in the photo. I've heard many stories passed down in folk lore, but this photo makes me a believer, the Night Marchers guard this sacred land. If you look up the history you will see this was... More 

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Burnaby, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

Hawaii is known for its vast culture and amazing beliefs. Coming to this Heiau, you fully experience this. Time has withered away this land but it is amazing to see how this area of Oahu was used for before it become a vacation spot. Coming to this Heiau, its a large open area with lava rock borders. Walk down the... More 

1 Thank Olowalu_Life
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

the heiau located above Pupukea /Waimea Bay has incredible views and a large heiau that will give you an idea of what things were like back in the day You can almost sense the power that was emanating from this place and in fact it still throws off a special feeling today Please respect the sensitivity of those who still... More 

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Lagrangeville, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This is an incredible historic site. There were not many other visitors when we visited; at times we were the only ones there so it was eerily quiet and made the site felt even more spiritual. It does get quite warm up there so be prepared. I got bitten by mosquitoes when we stopped to take pictures, but mosquitoes really... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

This sacred hilltop Heiau is the most striking archeological site on O'ahu with spectacular ocean view settings. measuring 575 feet by 170 feet,its definitely the "biggie" on the island. You cannot but feel the spirit of the place.

1 Thank shasha b
Michigan City, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is a place few tourists reach but the Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau is one of the best (native Hawaiian temples) on the island of Oahu. It is well worth the trip! It is a State Historic Site and reached a few miles above the beautiful north shore. Turn off the Kamehameha Highway (Highway 83) across from the Pupukea Fire... More 

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