Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

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Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

In 1790 a prophet told King Kamehameha to build a heiau on top of Puukohola (Hill of the Whale) and dedicate it to the war god Kukailimoku by sacrificing his principal rival, Keoua Kuahuula. By doing so the king would achieve his goal of conquering the Hawaiian Islands. The prophecy came true in 1810. This oceanfront historic site is very impressive. A short walk over arid landscape leads from the recently renovated visitor center to temples Puukohola Heiau and Mailekini Heiau. An even older temple, dedicated to the shark gods, lies submerged just offshore. Visitors can enjoy seasonal whale-watching and year-round shark-viewing at the bay. Special events happen throughout the year so check the calendar. Bring along your phone to listen to a free audio tour while you visit the site. www.nps.gov/puhe/index.htm. COST: Free. OPEN: Daily 7:45--4:45.

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