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We went back this year to look at this pile of rocks we missed last year.

We had driven out to see the "King's" birthplace and it was a bunch of boring rocks made into a... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
glcwhistler .
Beautiful

My husband and I attempted to drive out to the Heiau in 2015 but it was way too muddy for our car... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2018
susandiane
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Spiritual place thought to be the birthplace of King Kamehameha.
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

We had driven out to see the "King's" birthplace and it was a bunch of boring rocks made into a square wall, with mowed grass all around it. Whoopity doo!! This place is no different. It is really not worth the drive in all honesty....More

1  Thank glcwhistler .
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

My husband and I attempted to drive out to the Heiau in 2015 but it was way too muddy for our car even though it was a 4 wheel drive-we just couldn't tell how deep those puddles were! This time we made it since it...More

Thank susandiane
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

On the map, it looks like you can drive to this site. I would not attempt it without real 4-wheel drive and mud tires. There are auto-eating puddles along the way, one of the many is shown in the photo. Given the well-worn paths around...More

2  Thank CyFiGal
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Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

This is a pretty creepy site knowing it is the site of human sacrifices, but also beautiful in a way. The wind really whips up there, but the view is stunning!

1  Thank QuickWhitTravel
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

The site is just amazing, very eerie!!! and strange, with the history of human sacrifices of tens of thousands people. Read the history of Mo’okini Heiau (from internet) before the trip since there is no info on the site (at all). The history makes this...More

2  Thank tzd60820
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

Next to Mookini Heiau is Kamehameha birthsite. This is a remote and deserted area. It is basically a square rock wall with no explanations available. I must say that it is of limited touristic interest unless you have a connection with this place or has...More

Thank lmcq11
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

Mookini Heiau is one of the most sacred places on the Big Island, where thousands met their death through human sacrifice. It is very isolated and quiet, and reachable only on foot. Others may be skeptics, but I felt spooked out by this place. You...More

1  Thank Agnes Q
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

I parked my car out on the main road and walked the entire road...past the house and barking dogs onto the path next to coast. I was alone and in flip flops. Might use better shoes, but I made it both ways. It was a...More

1  Thank tonivg
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Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Visited in. 2013 and tried to take the nieces to visit but the road was too muddy, even with a 4-wheel drive. We abandoned the treck, pulled over and let them take pictures further down the road. Would have attempted to walk if we had...More

Thank Yukonpuppy
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Reviewed 19 January 2016

We drove our rented car as far as we dared down the dirt road and hiked the rest of the way to the Heiau (maybe 1 mile). The road was muddy but not too difficult on foot (if you ignore the complaints of the teenagers)....More

3  Thank mccambjd
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