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Kamakahonu and Ahuena Heiau

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

Updated 01/06/2014

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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 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 is currently being repaired.

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

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Updated 01/06/2014


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