Point of interest

Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

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Tips from locals

Glenn And Girlie
October 6, 2021
Take time to visit this very significant site and learn about the history of the heiau or temples built by ancient Hawaiians. You can see the heiau built by King Kamehameha who united all the Hawaiian Islands that still stand to this day. It’s a fairly easy walking tour and you’ll also see the village where King Kamehameha called one of his homes.
Jim
April 6, 2021
This massive stone temple was built without the use of mortar. The lava rocks to build the structure were passed hand-by-hand in a human chain from Polou Valley 25 miles away. The heiau has been carefully preserved and restored. Bring your sun glasses or wear a sun hat. There is not much shade at the historical site.
Christina
March 3, 2017
How many places in America can you walk in the footsteps of a king? Where else has a stranded sailor risen up to become a great chief over an entire island? Where else can you experience the culminating event of a people, foretold from centuries past? Where else can you stand on a beach and watch as sharks pass over a submerged temple? Experience all this and much more – only at Pu'ukoholā Heiau!
How many places in America can you walk in the footsteps of a king? Where else has a stranded sailor risen up to become a great chief over an entire island? Where else can you experience the culminating event of a people, foretold from centuries past? Where else can you stand on a beach and watch as…
John
February 22, 2014
Use your phone for a guided tour of the Heiau built by King Kamehameha.
Nurul
May 3, 2022
The Pu'ukohola Heiau is one of the last Hawaiian temples to be built. It was built under KIng Kamehameha and led to hime ruling all of the Hawaiian Islands. There is a self guided audio tour that ends in at Spencer Beach. The views are stunning and you can look for black-tip reef sharks swimming in the bay.

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Location
62-3601 Kawaihae Rd
Waimea, HI