Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
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Phone (808) 882-7218
Address 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, HI 96743
Ancient temple built by Kamehameha the Great.

• General: Educational • General: Has Gift Shop • General: Photo Opportunity • Tours: Self Guided • Cultural & Historical: Heiau / Sacred Site
• Cultural & Historical: Museum / Art Center

Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site is located at Spencer Beach Park and is a temple built by King Kamehameha (also known as Kamehameha the Great). It was built in 1790 and is one of the last major temples built in the Hawaiian Islands.

Kamehameha built this temple after a prophecy that came through a kahuna (priest) known as Kapoukahi. The prophecy said that if Kamehameha built the heiau on the hill known as Pu'ukohola and dedicate the heiau to Kuka'ilimoku (his family's war god), then he would be able to conquer and unite the islands.

Supposedly, it took thousands of laborers and almost a year to built this massive structure. Experts believe the rocks were brought down from the distant Pololu Valley by forming a chain of workers nearly 25 miles long while passing the lava rocks one by one down the chain.

In addition to the actual heiau itself, there is also a museum full of artifacts, information, and exhibits.