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Puukohola National Historic Park

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Address: Hwy 270, near Kawaihae Harbor, 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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07:45 - 16:45
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Historical park honoring King Kamehameha

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Site of Kamehameha's temple

This is a very sacred site for Hawaiians. Most importantly it has been sensitively preserved and the visitor centre provides quite thorough information for visitors, whether... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very sacred site for Hawaiians. Most importantly it has been sensitively preserved and the visitor centre provides quite thorough information for visitors, whether kamaaina or malihini. Kamehameha was a great warrior, an innovative thinker and blessed with wisdom. This site gives people some insight into how he came to be Kamehameha the great.

Thank marcy441
Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The story of this place is truly remarkable. A line of people 25 miles long handing a single rock to each other to build this is mind blowing. From the parking lot of the park we saw whales come out of the water. Just a magnificent place. And we learned so much about the Hawaiian peoples history.

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Peru, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must visit if one has any interest in learning about the history of this area. A great visitor center offers several videos focusing on Kamehameha and other aspects of Hawaiian history; in an semi open air setting accompanied by views of and breezes from the ocean. The temple/fort and surrounding area brings to life the story of... More 

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Munich, Germany
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can not go up to the monument - at least it was close when we was there for no obvious reason. The picture shows the closest possible view of the temple

1 Thank Stefan S
Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great visitor centre with a gift shop. Hands-on displays where you will learn and feel just a teasing of what it may have been like 700 years ago. Must see for anyone - especially those interested in learning about the roots of these great people.

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Frisco, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

beautiful setting, loads of history, relaxing, not to be missed...a hidden gem. The color of the water in contrast to the coral is amazing! Bring a lunch and stay a while!

2 Thank Jody H
New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

The second-most historic site in Hawaii is nowhere near as famous as Pearl Harbor, but merits a visit if you happen to be on the Big Island. It is Pu’ukohola, located on and around Whale Hill north of Kona. The site contains several major royal heiaus (temples), intimately related to the ancient Hawaiian system of kapu, and to King Kamehameha... More 

2 Thank Vincent M
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The man that united the Islands (by any means necessary) was large and in charge! This is the place from which he ruled the islands, vanquished his foes and became a legend. Wonderful historical site sacred to Hawaiians and all those with respect to the culture and history of this magical place. It is hard to walk these grounds and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

I found this sacred place to be very interesting. This is a wonderful place to learn about the history of King Kamehameha and the Hawaiian people and culture. The ranger we talked to was very friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth the 45 minute drive from Kailua-Kona. After your visit stop at the Kohala Burger and Taco Cafe in Kawaihae. You'll... More 

2 Thank David S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

History is all around you, trails are not to long and the views are something to remember, nice beach and scattered parking

1 Thank Jerry S

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