Historic Sites in Island of Hawaii

Historic Sites in Island of Hawaii, HI

Island of Hawaii Historic Sites

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  • Cowboy
    Stanwood, WA460 contributions
    Worth the drive. Limited parking but you should go and check it out. Watch out for heavy surf, you might get wet.
    Written May 13, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • fast_trackere
    Devon, PA105 contributions
    Learn about Hawaiin culture here. This area has a walking trail where you can see wild goats along the way. See replicas of artifacts and also remnants of ancient Hawaiin ruins.
    Written May 14, 2022
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  • tangojohnDallas
    Dallas, TX1,098 contributions
    Beautifully painted walls and ceilings. Enjoyed walking around the grounds also. They have restrooms too.
    Written December 2, 2021
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  • atlas993
    Elk Grove, CA466 contributions
    This place was an adventure. It is more of a hike than we thought and definitely don’t wear sandals, I highly recommend real shoes as you’re walking through fallen trees and bushes with thorns on your way to the big petroglyphs. Once you get to the petroglyphs it is all worth it, I couldn’t even believe how many there were. This is definitely something you should do if you’re in the area.
    Written January 17, 2022
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  • Rosemary H
    Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN12 contributions
    Another historical site and well worth the visit. We used the National Park Service app for a guided tour of the site. It was very informative, and the paved pathway made for an easy walk.
    Written April 7, 2022
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  • pretzelbender
    Portland, OR10 contributions
    If you are a history buff you need to visit. Nice succinct story of Kamehameha friendly knowledgeable staff. Stop you will like it
    Written April 27, 2022
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  • Warren O
    Cypress, TX6 contributions
    All of the reviewers so far seem to have gone down the Upolu Airport road to get there. Alternatively, a mile or so west along the highway you can take Old Coast Guard Road instead, which is paved all the way to a parking area at the ocean. The parking area is rough and rocky but that’s the only difficulty. From there it’s less than a mile of walking along a scenic coastal trail past an old closed Coast Guard LORAN station to King Kamehaha’s Birthplace, and a bit farther to Mo’okini Heiau.

    Both are impressive structures with a wild and remote feeling, which you may have to yourself. There is no on-site interpretive information at all, so do your reading beforehand and come with a respect for the Hawaiian history, culture and religion they represent.
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • Hollyrik
    Bellevue, WA428 contributions
    A few reviewers were talking about the petroglyphs in the Waikoloa area, near the golf course. . These are NOT them. The half mile hike is worth the effort if you are interested in a genuine archeological site. Lord knows how they were ever found out there in the kiawe trees!
    Written January 28, 2020
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  • Explore796204
    106 contributions
    Great historical ranch - get a feel for local ranch life 100 years ago - Anna was local personality and an innovative rancher in her days.
    Written October 2, 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • gerdag60
    Washington DC, DC51 contributions
    We stopped in Honoma for the zip lining and then found two adorable shops with the friendliest shop keepers: Mr. Ed's bakery is worth the trip just by itself, over 150 different jams, mustards, and chutneys to sample - all homemade! The sarong shop is amazing with different styles and fabrics to suit every taste and budget, and the owner showed us so many different uses and ways to wear our new Sarongs - what a fun experience!
    Written October 20, 2014
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  • Larry M
    Morgan Hill17 contributions
    Parking was barely adequate, although a couple of spaces were taken up by people apparently living out of their vehicles. Monument to Captain Cook requires a pair of field glasses to get a good look.
    Written June 6, 2019
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  • Vonnie J
    Greenville, NC153 contributions
    This was an interesting section to visit by the Kailua Pier. Nice walking area with informative signs explaining different parts of this site. It was easily accessible and was an interesting part of my visit.
    Written August 7, 2019
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  • EagleFlyer
    Reykjavik, Iceland470 contributions
    Stopped by the Ahuena Heiau while exploring Kailua-Kona with the family. The heiau is very much worth seeing, although it is small and key part of it is off limits (kapu). There is also a lot of development around so it is hard to get a feeling or a picture of just the heiau. But, nonetheless, it is really worth a visit and it is so easy to get to once in Kailua-Kona.
    Written November 25, 2019
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  • Michael F
    Toronto, Canada448 contributions
    Drove here to see fishermen in old style form. Also to see old fishing village. Enjoyed it. The drive down through the lava flow was worth it. Lots to see.
    Written February 3, 2020
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  • psudino
    Weehawken, NJ3,545 contributions
    The legend is that King Kamehameha left his men at this landing with his prized canoe while he visited a friend up the river. After some time passed his men became nervous for his safety and wanted to find him, but they needed to keep his canoe safe. One of the men taught the others how to twist leaves into a rope to secure the canoe. This technique is called Hilo. When they found King Kamehameha, has was so impressed by the rope that he named the area Hilo in it's honor.

    It's a great story, but what isn't great is that this place is very hard to get to since you have to cross the Belt Highway, which is not an easy thing to without crosswalks or traffic lights. If only this place of historical significance was easier to get to.
    Written September 10, 2020
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