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Interesting History of the ancient Hawaiians

Saw this sacred site described in The Big Island Revealed book and had to visit. It is off the... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2015
Courtenay, Canada
An Off The Beaten Path WOW!

You need a Jeep to get there, and I mean a JEEP, not just a mid-size SUV. You are talking a mile... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2015
Roseland, New Jersey
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Spiritual place thought to be the birthplace of King Kamehameha.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“dirt road” (8 reviews)
“wheel drive” (3 reviews)
Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-591-1170
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Reviewed 7 May 2015

Saw this sacred site described in The Big Island Revealed book and had to visit. It is off the beaten path but well worth it! When you pass the wind farm and get to the airport keep left. You should have a 4x4 to get...More

2  Thank Smoltman
Reviewed 8 April 2015

You need a Jeep to get there, and I mean a JEEP, not just a mid-size SUV. You are talking a mile and a half of BAD ROAD. As in very deep water-filled potholes and rock protrusions. When you get to the bottom, you have...More

1  Thank Conseiller99
Reviewed 19 January 2015

After driving past the wind farm, we took a wrong turn at the bottom of the road, turning right rather than left,so be sure to go to the left, with the ocean on your right as you walk on the road toward the heiau If...More

6  Thank debbie t
Reviewed 3 November 2014 via mobile

Mookini Heiau is definitely not easy to reach. BUT- it is so worth the adventure to get there . Follow the standard directions , avoid the potholes, park the car, and walk on the right side of the house that's there ( ocean side). Don't...More

4  Thank LoganDuncan
Reviewed 27 January 2014

We tried to do the Mo'okini Heiau/Kamehameha birthsite trip twice. The first time Fodor guidebook and AAA map in hand we tried to find it. We drove up and down the side roads and got as far as the airport. No sign, no people. Then...More

4  Thank jdkegel
Reviewed 26 October 2013 via mobile

My husband loves to visit the extraordinary so we jumped in the rental and headed out to King Kamehameha's birthplace. We couldn't find it because it isn't marked from the highway and our Hertz Never Lost GPS just wouldn't acknowledge the King. So we stopped...More

1  Thank Yukonpuppy
Reviewed 13 August 2013

We visited here while exploring the northern end of the Big Island. It's quite an adventure to get here. The long road down to the airport (with the windmills on the right) is beautiful - green fields, that amazing blue water, Maui looming in the...More

2  Thank TN_Traveller_12
Reviewed 17 July 2013

I have been wanting to visit this place for years, and so, on a recent trip, my little boy and I hiked out to it while we were staying in Hawi. First of all, I said hike - the road to it is unpaved, so...More

Thank Poseidonis
Reviewed 12 July 2013

Visiting the Mo'okini Heiau recently reminded me of the title of the classic travel book by Dave Finkelstein and Jack London: at one very out-of-the-way spot in the Australian Outback they were told by a local "there's a lot greater nowheres than this!" The heiau...More

1  Thank JKMMP
Reviewed 15 November 2012

We've been down the little road to Upolo Airport many times to see the wind turbines but never made that left hand turn to go to Mo'okini Heiau. As other reviewers have said, the dirt road is fine if it's dry, otherwise after some rain,...More

Thank Coco P
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