Address: 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd. Waimea HI 96743
Hours: Monday - Sunday 7:30am to 4:45pm (Open Daily)
Additional Info: Free Parking
Area: 77 Acres
Directions: Take highway 19 north from Kona to highway 270 towards Kawaihae. Pu'ukohola Heiau is located between mile markers 2 and 3 which are across the road from the park. Turn left into the park and you will see the directional signs.
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Pu'ukohola Heiau is a National Historic Site located on the Big Island of Hawaii. The heiau (temple) was built by Kamehameha I in 1790 to fulfill a prophecy that he would become ruler of the Hawaiian Islands if he built a temple on the site. The heiau is located on Kawaihae Bay, next to Spencer Beach Park. It is open to the public for free. There is a small Visitor Center with interpretive displays about the heiau and its history.
The heiau itself is a large platform of stone measuring approximately 240 feet by 100 feet. Wooden walls originally enclosed it, but only the foundation stones remain today. The heiau was used for religious and political ceremonies, and it was the site of human sacrifice. Pu'ukohola Heiau is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Hawaii. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. Furthermore, it is part of the Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, which includes the heiau and the surrounding land.
The heiau is open to the public every day from sunrise to sunset. The best time to visit is during the weekdays when there are fewer crowds. Pu'ukohola Heiau is located on Kawaihae Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. To get there, take Highway 19 North to Kawaihae Road. Turn left onto Kawaihae Road and drive for about 3 miles. The heiau will be on your right, next to Spencer Beach Park.
There is a small Visitor Center at Pu'ukohola Heiau with interpretive displays about the heiau and its history. You can also walk around the heiau platform and enjoy the views of Kawaihae Bay. If you are interested in learning more about Hawaiian culture, several tours are available that focus on the heiau and Hawaiian history. These tours are led by knowledgeable guides who can answer any questions you may have. Pu'ukohola Heiau is a great place to learn about Hawaiian history and culture. It is also a beautiful place to visit, with its location on Kawaihae Bay and its ocean views. If you are interested in learning more about Hawaiian culture, several tours are available that focus on the heiau and Hawaiian history. These tours are led by knowledgeable guides who can answer any questions you may have.
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