Corbitt's National Parks
     Pu'ukohola Heiau
               National Historic Site


1972: National Historical Site

Size: 85 acres

2008 visitors: 92,584

Stamp: ?

Rating (1-5): Unrated

About the Site

In northwest Hawaii, near Kawaihae, high on a hill above the Pacific Ocean sits Puukohola Heiau, the last major religious structure of the ancient Hawaiian culture. Kamehameha I built the "Temple on the Hill of the Whale" between 1790 and 1791 during his rise to power, and dedicated it to his family war god, Ku-kaili-moku.

What You're Going to See

There is a visitors center, with hopefully a stamp. It does have exhibits and trails. Visitors also can birdwatch, take guided and self-guided tours of historical sites, hike, and watch whales and sharks. There are also interpretive talks, and arts and crafts demonstrations.

Personal Observations

I haven't seen this site yet. One day I will.
Then you'll see.

Getting There

From Waimea, go west on Highway 19 for about ten miles. The visitors center is off Highway 270, about a quarter-mile north of the 19/270 intersection.

Nearby Attractions

A few miles to the south is Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, a few miles more is Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, and on the other side of the island of Hawaii you'll find Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Maui has Haleakala National Park, Oahu has the USS Arizona Memorial, and Molokai has Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

The nearest other Park, nearly 2,400 miles away, is Point Reyes National Seashore in California.