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Puuomahuka Heiau

Oahu, HI
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Ranked #150 of 244 Attractions in Oahu
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
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Owner description: An ancient temple overlooking scenic Waimea Bay.
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Burnaby, Canada
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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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

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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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33 reviews 33 reviews
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58 helpful votes 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.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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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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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

On our last day on Oahu we drove to the Heiau. The road there is a little scary but that is part of the adventure. You must drive slowly (not fun for someone from California!) since the road is somewhat beat up. We did this in a rented Ford Taurus and made it just fine. Once at the Heiau we... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Off the beaten path & up the mountain on O`ahu's north shore majestically sits our largest heiau. A heiau is normally a stone structure -- from small to quite large depending on its purpose-- and was used in ancient times for ceremonies focusing on wellness, a good harvest or fishing, pro-creation, success in war, seeking peace, etc. Only a "luakini"... More

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Rye, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

Again, most guidebooks list this as a terrific site that I never made it to. The entrance to the park is a fair haul up a switchback filled road. at the entrance, there is a sign indicating the heaiu is another 0.7 miles up a poorly maintained tarmac "road". Approximately halfway there, I encountered a vee-shaped slab of concrete filled... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2008

The ancient complex is expansive and had great views. You can get a sense of its importance from its scope and the effort it took to build. There are a couple of interpretive signs which are helpful. As a bonus, we also saw wild pigs while we were there, which is a treat as a tourist, even if a pain... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2008

A little hard to find up a winding road, but the drive was well worth it. Once there you find ancient temple ruins overlooking the North Shore, with beautiful views. While the site was quiet, it was obviously visited often as there were many flower and fruit offerings left, making a beautiful display. Over towards the bushes is a stone... More

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