Big Island Sights

Mookini Heiau

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

This isolated National Historic Landmark is so impressive in size and atmosphere that it may give you what locals call "chicken skin" (goose bumps). Its foundations date to about AD 480, but the high priest Paao from Tahiti expanded the heiau several centuries later and it continued to be used by Hawaiian religious leaders. You can still see the lava slab where hundreds of people were sacrificed, giving this place a truly haunted feel. Visit with utmost care and respect. Nearby is Kamehameha Akahi Aina Hanau, the birthplace of Kamehameha the Great. A family descendent takes care of the site. Check conditions in the area before venturing. When the unpaved access road is dry, it's not bad, but with pooled rainwater, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to traverse. Even with four-wheel drive, you could easily get stuck in the mud.

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Off Hwy. 270, Hawi, Hawaii, 96719, USA



Published 01/10/2017


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