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Puukohola National Historic Park

Hwy 270, near Kawaihae Harbor, 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-882-7218
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Historical park honoring King Kamehameha
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good40%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hwy 270, near Kawaihae Harbor, 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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"hawaiian history"
in 26 reviews
"audio tour"
in 9 reviews
"king kamehameha"
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"visitor center"
in 15 reviews
"sacred site"
in 4 reviews
"island visitors"
in 2 reviews
"the junior ranger program"
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"nice exhibits"
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"worth a short visit"
in 2 reviews
"spencer beach"
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"historic sites"
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"off limits"
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"free entry"
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"well worth the trip"
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"ancient hawaiians"
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"great place to learn"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What an interesting and special place. Fascinating history and beautiful grounds. Lave fields that you can walk on and explore and if you are lucky (as we were) see a few turtles. The black lava, against the blue ocean and vibrant greenery on the grounds...More

Thank MMCSydney
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Great historic spot regarding the history of Hawaii and King Kamehameha I. The exhibits are wonderful and it is kind of a walking around, self-educational tour with many items and pictures regarding the past. The Heiau is something you don't see every day. The buildings...More

Thank Bob R
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

We happened to stop here during one of their free whale watching days, so we enjoyed the opportunity to borrow some binoculars and peer out into the sea to look for whales. The gift shop was nice, the staff are incredibly friendly, and the site...More

Thank Sarah W
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

This heiau is an impressive one with an impressive locations. The self guided walk shows why it was chosen for an important settlement: wide views of the coast, available water, a sheltered cove for sea access. I would actually do it in reverse order, it...More

Thank Berrywin
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

This sacred place moved me to tears. It is surrounded by natural beauty, steeped in history, and elicits respectful exploration. The Place of Refuge is one of my favorite memories from our 3 weeks on the Big Island. The turtles were a plus... Go in...More

Thank frisco65
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

Went today and at the visitors center I downloaded an audio tour on my smart phone. It played and narrated the tour and I certainly got much moeree out of this tour than wandering aimlessly.

Thank Maurice T
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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

The history here was really interesting along with the walk. The only downside was if you are an "adult junior ranger" they don't let you do the junior ranger book for the entire island. Which is too bad because the junior ranger program is a...More

Thank briardragon
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

We went around listening to the audio tour connected to an app by suggestion of a park ranger. It was a nice walk plenty of see. Could not go into the heiau however we learned quite a bit. The park ranger was very enthusiastic.

1  Thank Devan C
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Nice park to walk around in and see original Hawaiian structures and learn about them. The coastline is beautiful along here.

1  Thank PrincessCaro
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across this park while driving past. I’m so glad we did! This park has a historic temple used by native Hawaiians. Visitors still cannot go into it. It’s a short hike up to the temple. Equally as cool is the beachside area, where...More

1  Thank BrennaHC
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Response from QuinetteTX | Reviewed this property |
The only place you can see an active lava flow is in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You can see the lava if you do a long and arduous hike, which is why some folks opt for the tour. Info for the hike can be found through... More
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