Mo'okini Heiau State Monument

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Address Upolu Point Rd, Hawi, HI 96719
A sacred Hawaiian temple once used for human sacrifices.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Educational • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles
• Hiking: Length: 1-2 Miles • Hiking: Level: Easy • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Cultural & Historical: Heiau / Sacred Site

Mookini Heiau is over 1500 years old, making it one of Hawaii's oldest historical sites. A heiau is an ancient religious temple, and this one is also known as a luakini heiau, which is a temple of human sacrifice.

This is a holy and sacred site that is part of the Kohala Historical Sites State Monument and you are asked not to walk on or disturb the rocks in any way. The Hawaiian people consider this site to have a great spiritual power, or mana, and visitors need to treat the site with respect.

Getting here isn't difficult, but a lot depends on the vehicle you have (two wheel drive or 4x4) and if you opted for that rental insurance! For most, you'll drive towards Upolu Airport (UPP) and turn left onto the rough Upolu Road. If the road is too rough for your car, you'll park it along here and have to hike the rest of the way in.

It's an easy hike, about a mile or two each way depending on where you park. It does get hot out here so bring water, sunscreen, and the usual hiking items to be safe. Follow the road until you turn left near our map pinpoint.