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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
Phone Number: +1 808-882-7218
07:45 - 16:45
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Historical park honoring King Kamehameha

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Learn the history of the Hawaiian people

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went around 3pm on a Monday. There was a nice fairly secluded beach and picnic area at the end of the road, past the historical site. We sighted 3 nene. Remember not to feed them though these were quite tame already, unfortunately. The historical area is a 30 min paved path walking around religious stone structures from king Kamehameha.... More 

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Silver Spring, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't even know this historic site was on this island and passed it less than a mile and a half from our hotel! We had a nice sunny day and did the whole trail...took us about an hour. The information was very interesting. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in not being able to get... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

It was a rainy day but we stopped anyway to see exactly what this was. It's historic temples and a very interesting story. You can watch a video or walk the property to see the temples up close. We started on the path only to turn around with the heavy rain. We did go in the museum shop and bought... More 

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Euless, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Drove down the western coast visiting Hawaii National Historic Parks. The Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Park was very interesting and fascinating. We would highly recommend visiting and exploring.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

This location is an amazing educational opportunity to learn about Kamehameha I and ancient Hawaiians! This heaiu is the best I've seen so far! There is a nicely paved walking trail that takes you through the area.

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Pine, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

A national historic site, this park is not very big, but very educational with Hawaiian history and a nice place to spend an hour or two exploring, learning and relaxing. I found it one of the most peaceful places I had been and a great way to unwind a little from all the other very busy tourist areas of Kona.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is a national historic site and managed by the U.S. Park Rangers. There is a very good movie stream to enlighten your knowledge of the Big Island and the rise of King Kamehameha. During whale season, there is microphone feed of the whales that is piped in from the ocean. This is also a sacred temple site for the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

The heiau is huge and its history is very interesting. We definitely learned a great deal about Kamehameha I and uniting of the Hawaiian islands. The junior ranger program was helpful in better understanding the history. We walked around the grounds to view the heiau and water where sharks are sometimes observed. We were here about an hour.

Thank LissaJ41

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