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“For the Pre-contact Hawaiian Historian See the Temple on the Hill of the Whale”

Puukohola National Historic Park
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Owner description: Historical park honoring King Kamehameha
Reviewed April 3, 2014

This national historic park preserves an important religious site of the pre-contact Hawaiians and presents interesting insight into the religious practices of ancient Hawaii. The National Park Service Visitors Center is well-done and the material provided for the self-guided tour of the site is excellent. Highly recommend this site for the history buff.

Thank Carl S
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

We stumbled upon this national historic park on our way up the Kona Coast after we spotted whales off the shoreline. Wanting a better and closer view, we headed down a road and voila, ended up at the park.
The ranger there was very welcoming and cajoled us into taking the time to walk to the heiau and along the ruins and the bay. Fascinating stuff and good information posts along the way.
Wee gift shop and at the time, there was someone teaching weaving to a small group.
Well worth the stop and explore.

Thank pennymasae
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

We intended to combine the park w a visit to hapuna beach next door- it ended up raining, and this park was certainly not worth the drive north from Kona. We had intended to do a short hike to john young homestead, but the ranger told us "walking around the park isn't really worth it- there's just not much to see"- yikes! They have whale watching at visitors center sometimes, maybe that would make a visit worthwhile? The story of why heaiau was built (in visitors center) was best part- spend 10min reading and walk out to main heaiau then go to beach!

Thank aeackerm
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

This temple has a significant place in the history of old Hawaii. The National Park staff did a very good job in its presentation to our family. Take the short walk around the heiau and you can get a good feel of the ancient stories. Plus, you will probably see some sharks cruising the nearby bay!
The park is close to the highway and the presentation and walk will only take an hour so so. Well worth the visit.

Thank ojichan
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

After touring the island for years and years, we can't believe we missed this amazing park. The temples are majestic and the history walk with cell phone guide is terrific. Great way to learn Hawaiian history of unification and the role Americans and British played in process. The bay with sunken temple gorgeous and spooky because of sharks. Rangers incredibly knowledgeable. No charge, amazing. Go.

Thank Laura M
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