Big Island Sights

Kamakahonu and Ahuena Heiau

  • 75-5660 Palani Rd. Map It
  • Kailua-Kona
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 09/02/2015

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In the early 1800s, King Kamehameha the Great built a royal compound at Kamakahonu, the bay fronting what is now the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. It was a four-acre homestead, complete with several houses and religious sites. In 1813, he rebuilt Ahuena Heiau, a stunning temple dedicated to Lono, the Hawaiian god of peace and prosperity, which was also used as a seat of government. Today it's on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. One of the most revered and historically significant in all of Hawaii, the site sustained damage in the 2011 tsunami and has been repaired.

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75-5660 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, United States

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Published 09/02/2015


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