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Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site Review

Quite simply, this is one of the most historic sites in all of Hawaii. It was here in 1810, on top of Puukohala (Hill of the Whale), that Kamehameha the Great built the war heiau that would serve to unify the Hawaiian Islands. The oceanfront, fortress-like site is foreboding and impressive. A paved 1/2-mile, looped trail runs from the visitor center to the main temple sites. An even older temple, dedicated to the shark gods, lies submerged just offshore, where sharks can be seen circling. A new museum displays ancient Hawaiian weapons, including clubs, spears, and a replica of a bronze cannon that warriors dragged into battle on an ancient Hawaiian sled. Stop on the lanai for a cool breeze and a spectacular view. A free audio tour can be heard on your cell phone.

Updated: 01-06-2014

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