National Historic Site
1972: National Historical Site
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteIn 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 SeeThere 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 ObservationsI haven't seen this site yet. One day I will.
Getting ThereFrom 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 AttractionsA 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.