Puukohola Heiau Getaways

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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.

Around the visitor center of this site you'll find opportunities for hiking, taking guided and self-guided tours, viewing exhibits and listening to interpretive talks. Hawaiian arts and crafts demonstrations are available one day a week from January to September. Special Hawaiian cultural programs are presented to the public throughout the year. During the winter and spring months, you can enjoy whale watching and shark sightings.