King Kamehameha I Birthsite

King Kamehameha I Birthsite
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Address Upolu Point Rd, Hawi, HI 96719
The spot where King Kamehameha I was born.

• General: Cost: Free • 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

The King Kamehameha I Birthsite is located at the Kohala Historical Sites State Monument. There is a sign here that reads, "Kamehameha Akahi Aina Hanau" which marks the birthplace of King Kamehameha who is considered Hawaii's greatest king. This is a sacred site so you should not touch or move the rocks in any way.

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 reach our pinpoint.