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Address: Puu O Mahuka, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712

An ancient temple overlooking scenic Waimea Bay.

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Better than I remembered

I came here over ten years ago. We got here close to sunset so the light was fading and most of what I remembered of it involved it seeming like we were driving into the middle of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Oahu, Hawaii
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Oahu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here over ten years ago. We got here close to sunset so the light was fading and most of what I remembered of it involved it seeming like we were driving into the middle of nowhere to get there and getting some pictures of the sun going down through the trees. So now that I had the opportunity,... More 

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ontario canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We would have never found this place on our own. Ended up speaking to a man about the importance of these ruins. We witnessed high school students visiting the sight and giving gifts.

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

If you love Hawaiian history, this is worth the trip. We saw one other person out here while we were there, so it's very quiet. We did notice several bicyclists as we were leaving though. Wear shoes and clothing appropriate for light hiking if you want to get the most out of it. You can take one of the trails... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

We drove up here when we went to the North. Seen this place in the movie called "north shore", didn't thought that this place really existed. Very quiet and with a nice view of waimea valley too. It's a sacred powerful place, idk but it puts me to a peaceful state.

Thank Mary Ann T
Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

It was incredibly peaceful since we were the only ones there. 4 signs give you an overview and history. There were some fresh shrines and of course an expansive view given the elevation. It was nice to peek into Hawaiian history since so much of the tourist things are focused on beach and surf (great things too). Also interesting to... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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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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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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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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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.

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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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