Pu'ukohola Heiau

Waimea, Hawaii

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This heiau (temple or sacred place) was built by King Kamehameha the Great. He was instructed by the prophet Kapouhaki to build it on Pu’ukohola (Whale Hill) in 1790 and dedicate it to the war god Ku, who would help him defeat his enemies. In 1810 he did defeat them and united the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom. This hike is part of the longer Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, so far only partly developed, which extends 175 miles along the entire length of the west coast of the island of Hawai’i, running through three important centers of native Hawaiian life: Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge), Kaloko-Honokohau, a fishing community, and the holy site of Pu’ukohola Heiau.

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"This heiau (temple or sacred place) was built by King Kamehameha the Great. He was instructed by the prophet Kapouhaki to build it on Pu’ukohola (Whale Hill) in 1790 and dedicate it to the war god Ku, who would help him defeat his enemies. In 1810 he did defeat them and united the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom.

This hike is part of the longer Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, so far only partly developed, which extends 175 miles along the entire length of the west coast of the island of Hawai’i, running through three important centers of native Hawaiian life: Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge), Kaloko-Honokohau, a fishing community, and the holy site of Pu’ukohola Heiau."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Waimea
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-Round
Local Contacts: Spencer Beach Park
Local Maps: USGS Pu'u Hinai
Driving Directions: Directions to Pu'ukohola Heiau

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May 2018