Pu'ukohola Heiau

Pu'ukohola Heiau, Kawaihae

Pu'ukohola Heiau
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
7:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
7:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
7:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
7:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
7:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
7:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
7:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
7:45 AM - 4:45 PM
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A stone temple built by King Kamehameha in 1719.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Corinne A
San Jose, CA173 contributions
Beautiful and insightful
Jul 2021 • Friends
Started our day with this short but very insightful and breathtakingly beautiful site. It’s well worth coming here. Docent was very knowledgeable and shared many interesting stories of the site. My teens were very interested. As so many places here, the views is the ocean were stunning; easy to see why it was chosen as a sacred site. It’s also next to Spencer Beach, a lovely, white sand beach were we cooled off after visiting this site and had lunch under the shade of some large trees. Perfect.
Written July 2, 2021
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SeattleTraveler2019nscp
22 contributions
Beautiful
Apr 2021
This is quite a hike to and from, but well worth it. Even my teenage boys, who are not regular hikers, enjoyed it.
Written April 19, 2021
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Gabriel Sanchez
Idaho Falls, ID5 contributions
sacred sight
Feb 2021
after our tour guide oceanic patrol mentioned this place, we went in for a close look and walked down to the beach to watch for more whales from the shore.
Written February 9, 2021
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,348 contributions
Great Stop
Feb 2021 • Couples
We found this stopover to be highly interesting. If you make it up to Waimea, stop on the way back for sure. Nice visitor center, a couple interesting videos, and intriguing displays. An easy half mile loop takes you up past the heiau. As others have pointed out, some visitors will lack an appreciation for the historical perspective and only see a pile of rocks - though neatly stacked. Love to see these locations preserved. Great stop!
Written February 6, 2021
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ3,170 contributions
The human chain conveyor that was 14 miles long
Mar 2020
Our tour driver told us a legend that is simply incredible regarding the construction of this temple. King Kamehameha's brother, Keliʻimaikaʻi, was charged with bring stones to build this temple from 14 miles away. Because they didn't have ox and carts he gathered thousands or men to stand a few feet from each other who passed the stones by hand one to another. They did this for a year and the result is a temple that King Kamehameha built to appease the gods and bring all of Hawaii under single rule to unify the people.
Written September 13, 2020
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AyaHawaii
United States1,925 contributions
Still beautiful shape
Aug 2020 • Family
This is a old temple, Heiau, which was built by King Kamehameha I and one of the best preserved place compare to all of the others which locate in Hawaii state. You also can enjoy short trail around the heiau, so please wear comfortable shoes. Visiting the center first, then look around the heiau will be easy to understand for young kids.
Written August 7, 2020
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404HappyTraveller
Saskatchewan, Canada373 contributions
Lots of history here
Feb 2020
This is a good place to stop for an hour or more. Start at the visitor centre, then do the self guided easy hike around the site. The visitor centre is well done, with informative displays and a good short film showing in a continuous loop. There are a couple of hands on displays - spears for one - that are interesting. The remains of the temples build back in the 1700’s and earlier are massive.
Written February 23, 2020
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Ann C
Nashville, TN2,315 contributions
Temple on the hill of the whale
Feb 2020
...is the translation to this parks name.

Be sure to watch at least one of the 2 videos provided at the visitors center.

Entrance is free.

What appears to be the best part of the park, the stone Puukohola Heiau, the public is not allowed to enter.

Restrooms are currently closed due to fire damage, there are portable units available in the parking lot.
Written February 18, 2020
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,898 contributions
The Great Heiau
Jan 2020
This Heiau is supposedly the best in Hawaii. It is very large and is near the seashore. The staff is very helpful and there are video that give you and explanation as to the significance of the Heiau. It is worth the visit.
Written February 15, 2020
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dil345
Georgetown, TX928 contributions
Nice visit and informational video
Feb 2020 • Couples
We stopped in to see what they called the most famous heiau in Hawaii. There are two videos each about 25 minutes. We watched the one regarding the park and it was quite informative. There is a nice walk you can take but the trail to the top was closed. The history of the area and King Kamehameha is quite interesting. I would recommend going here especially if you want some history of Hawaii and how the island became united.
Written February 10, 2020
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