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Pu'ukohola Heiau

62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9720
+1 808-882-7218 ext. 1011
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A stone temple built by King Kamehameha in 1719.
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Hours Today: 7:45 AM - 4:45 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9720
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+1 808-882-7218 ext. 1011
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"king kamehameha"
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"hawaiian history"
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"visitor center"
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"spencer beach park"
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"national historic site"
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"happy to answer any questions"
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"general public"
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"audio tour"
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"the big island"
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"gift shop"
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"worth a stop"
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"amazing temple"
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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.

Thank Charles S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We flew into Kona and this came en route on our drive to Hilo. We are glad we stopped by. It was relatively quick at 30-45 minutes. The best part was running into locals who gave us some great tips (we would not have known...More

Thank Lexi L
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

We arrived at the site at 3:30 and didn’t have enough time to look around and complete the junior ranger activities on our own. The ranger on duty was very helpful and guided the kids through. We walked the grounds using an audio tour after...More

Thank SatChild
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

I vastly underestimated this amazing structure from the road. It's a heiau (temple) built with rounded volcanic rock (and no mortar) for King Kamehameha. There were several temples built on this site; 2 are still visible. The visitors center explains it well. There is an...More

Thank cpenny61
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Amazing historic venue. Easy to get to as it is right off Rt 19 just above Kawaihae adjacent to Spencer Beach Park. Free. Very nice Visitor Center. Easy half mile trail takes you close to the ruins which will amaze. Trail also runs by the...More

Thank Tethier919
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

This is an ancient temple but you can only view it from a distance and can’t get inside. There is a gift shop and a number of films to watch. I would plan more than an hour. It’s out of the way and wouldn’t make...More

Thank tshep42
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

In 1790 Kamehameha I was trying to achieve his goal of conquering and ruling all the Hawaiian islands. The prophet Kapoukahi said he would do this if he built a large heiau (temple) dedicated to his family war god, Ku, on this site. It took...More

1  Thank JAB43
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This site gives a good idea of pre-Columbian times when Indigenous people ruled the islands. The structures have suffered from the time but it's interesting to see how they were built and have a glimpse of the functioning of this culture. The scenery is beautiful...More

Thank Taqulik
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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

King Kamehameha had this historic structure when it was foretold he would join the islands under his leadership. With a human line 20 miles long passing stones from one to the next. Impressive!

1  Thank Nazsnaz
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

The visitor center is well done with lots of artifacts and things to read about. The trail is relatively short, but can be hot as there is no shade. People are not allowed to climb on the structures, but the goats do.

1  Thank bobndee24
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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.
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