Mookini Heiau and Kamehameha Birthplace Trail

Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Mookini Heiau and Kamehameha Birthplace Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Two remote, lonely, and awe-inspiring spots await you on the far north end of the Big Island: Mookini Heiau, one of the oldest, largest, and most sacred sites in old Hawaii; and the birthplace of Kamehameha at an even lonelier spot 1/3 mile away.

Your first view of Mookini Heiau from the parking lot is as an impressive mound of lichen-covered rock rising on the west side of the lot. Tradition says these waterworn basalt boulders came from Pololu Valley, many miles away, and were all transported here by being passed from hand to hand down a living chain of men in a single night. It is clear that you must enter only with the greatest respect."

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Trail Information

Hilo
Nearby City
1
Distance
120 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
0.5 hour
Duration
USGS Mahukona
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