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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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Beautiful picturesque site. Historic site for Hawaiian culture. Go early in the day because it can get hot if u go in the afternoon.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Linda R
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful picturesque site. Historic site for Hawaiian culture. Go early in the day because it can get hot if u go in the afternoon.

Thank Linda R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We had a couple of hours before getting to the airport, just enough time to head up to this national Park. Little did we know, they were having a Hawaiian cultural event, and were incredibly nice, showing us how to make a lei, hu's and weaving traditional Hawaiian bracelets. Very nice rangers and volunteers. The site itself is hot, but... More 

Thank Orthocincy
San Jose
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We happened by here a couple of years ago while their annual Hawaiian History event was happening. That is clearly something well worth the trip. This year, we spent some time in the well done visitor center. It was near closing time so we didn't get to spend as long as we would have liked. Need to go back next... More 

Thank Halems
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is the place King Kamehameha became king of all the islands. You'll have short videos and great artwork to view when here. Take a walk to the actual heiau and imagine what it was like a hundred years ago, let it all go. The waters off the front are bright turquoise and many sharks can be seen on sunny... More 

Thank Marc S
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This park requires an entrance fee, or the annual national parks card. The range talk is a must to gain an understanding of the culture prior to taking the self guided tour. You will even learn a little Hawaiian.

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

The setting is a sheltered cove albeit with jagged rocks and fierce currents. The pamphlet with information enabled a self guided tour although there are also regular ranger led tours. The lay out was lovely and there was a serene atmosphere however I imagine if you were one of the people who made it here for refuge and had to... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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.

Thank Frank P
Peru, Indiana
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Reviewed 6 February 2017 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 

Thank RICART75
Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 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

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