Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site (Source: Wikimedia)

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Park Information

The founding of the Hawaiian kingdom can be directly associated with one structure in the Hawaiian Islands: Pu’ukohola Heiau.

The temple was constructed to incur the favor of the war god Kuka’ilimoku. Built between 1790-91 by Kamehameha I (also known as Kamehameha the Great), together with chiefs, commoners, men, women and children.

As British sailor John Young looked on, the temple was built and dedicated, a chief rival was sacrificed, and the war god Ku was pleased.

Kamehameha I waged several subsequent battles using Western military strategy and weapons to extend his control over all Hawaiian Islands. The monarchy he established lasted 83 years, from 1810-1893.

Authorized by Congress on August 17, 1972 (86 Stat.562.)Acreage – 85.30; federal 60.93, non-federal 24.37. Pu’ukohola Heiau and property of John Young who fought for Kamehameha during the period of his ascendancy to power.

Agency Name:

National Park Service


Plane – Keahole international airport by inter-island carriers and some major airlines have direct flights from the continental U.S.

Car – The park is on the northwestern shore of the island of Hawaii in the district of south Kohala. The access road to the visitor center is located on 62-3601 Kawaihae Road, off Route 270. One-quarter mile (.4km) north of Highway 19 intersection.

Public Transportation – Taxis, tour buses, and rental cars. Rental cars may be rented at Hilo and Kona airports.

Geographic Location

Contact Info

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

62-3601 Kawaihae Road

Kawaihae, HI


Additional Info

  • “I&M Reports & Publications for Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)”. Accessed May 09, 2020. Link.


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