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Puukohola Heiau, Kawaihae

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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  • Here you have it all. King Kamehameha history, Hawaiian history, Park Service to educate, in season whale watching with volunteers to guide you and even provide you with binoculars. We have been here ...  read more »
  • We probably spent an hour here. The heiau is huge, and its history was quite interesting. The site on the water is lovely. My daughter did the junior ranger program which was helpful to better underst...  read more »
  • Pretty much everything was closed on the day we were there and although the site has a spectacular story, it was way too hot to just look at it from a distance, which is all we could do. 
  • Most important historic site in all of hawaii. The place and seat of unification of the Nation of Hawai'i!
  • Fascinating place to learn about early Hawaiian history and culture. Respect it, and you will feel the spiritual presence of this ancient holy place.
  • Great views and plenty of spots for photos. Be sure to bring water as it was quite hot while we were here.
  • Neat, just bring water, not a lot of shade on the trail!
  • Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site : Michelin's recommendations 3 * "Ancient archaeological sites mark the windswept coastline of north Kohala. Puukohola Heiau was built as a temple around 1550 and reconstructed in 1791 by Kamehameha I, who treacherously murdered his last Big Island rival here to dedicate the temple and make himself supreme chief. As British sailor John Young looked on, the king built the temple himself, along with his chiefs and commoners-men, women and children. A rival was sacrificed, so the war god Ku would be pleased. "
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