Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site - Hawaii

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Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Photo of Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site courtesy NPS

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.

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Facilities available at Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site:

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site website
Recreation Area Map
Park Email: PUHE_Interpretation@nps.gov

Phone numbers
Headquarters 808-882-7218
Visitor Information 808-882-7218X23

Pu'ukohola Heiau NHS
62-3601 Kawaihae Road
Kawaihae, HI 96743