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Pu'ukohola Heiau

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A stone temple built by King Kamehameha in 1719.
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62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9720
+1 808-882-7218 ext. 1011
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Historically rich traditional site. Well worth seeing if you want to know more about the Hawaiian people's heritage. Plenty of space for young children to run,but they might otherwise be bored. Wheelchair accessible trails. Beautiful views. Hot & windy by late morning.

Thank debkami
Reviewed August 11, 2018

This is a quiet site just off the main road along the ocean. They have an ancient temple that was blocked off when we visited. The path from the visitors center down to the leaning post was a decent hike, easy paved path to follow....More

Thank Brian O
Reviewed August 11, 2018

We visited during a clear hot day in July. The walk from the visitors center down to the leaning post had no cover from the sun, so I would recommend and umbrella or something to cover your head. They say the best time to visit...More

Thank BrianAO98
Reviewed August 6, 2018

This is a very easy reserve to access, being just off the main road. This is the place of Kings, a very sacred location and one to be treated with respect. It is here that we have to acknowledge that Hawaii is a stolen country,...More

Thank 367john
Reviewed July 4, 2018

Be quiet, and be respectful here. This is sacred land where Hawaiians gathered to make offerings to the Gods. Me being part Hawaiian, I come here to pay respect to my ancestors and give thanks and contemplate. Yes human sacrifices were performed here, so the...More

Thank briankulaf
Reviewed June 18, 2018

An historic site not to be missed, this is a Heiau or temple built by of King Kamahameha 1 during the period he was attempting to unify the various Hawaiian kingdoms under one ruler. The structure itself is made from weathered lava rocks that have...More

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Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

After walking into the visitors centre and having a look around we were told we could scan a QR code and this would give us a guided tour of this historic sight. Have never had this experience before. A lot better than a guide especially...More

Thank Ian K
Reviewed June 11, 2018

My wife and I recently stopped at this site while we were on the Big Island. It will not take very long to take in the site and walk the associated foot path, but, it is a site that is very important to the history...More

Thank irawine
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

This was the second of the three national historic sites we visited while on the Big Island. Hawaii Volcanos NP was closed because of the eruptions so we wanted to explore the other parks. All three are very different. This one is all about the...More

Thank Denise C
Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

Stop here and absorb some of the history of Hawaii. Nice visitors center with explanatory digrams of the temple. Take a walk out to the temple and consider all of the work it took to build it.

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Renee T
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Response from RDWNG1 | Reviewed this property |
It is paved, but there are a few steps if you deviate off of the main path. A few steep spots as well.