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Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

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Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

In this panoramic image of Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site the Puukohola Heiau National (Puukohola temple) is at the top of the rise. There are other structures around the site that are worth exploring. Towards the north along the coastline you can just about make out the Kawaihae Harbor wall. If you zoom in on the satellite image of the Hawaii map you can clearly see the buildings on the site from the air.

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site - FURTHER INFORMATION

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site - Hawaii Island visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Hawaii.

Panorama from the Pu'ukokola Heiau National Historical Site on Hawaii Island. The temple at Pu'ukohola Heiau was built between 1790-91 by Kamehameha I (also known as Kamehameha the Great) to seek favour of the war god Kuka'ilimoku. The Heiau (temples) were central to Hawaiian religious beliefs, where the kahuna (priest) sought the will of the gods and then advised the ali'i (chief). Pu'ukokola Heiau was built by all strata of society, from chiefs to commoners, men, women and children helped. The building here was observed by John Young and Isaac Davis, two stranded British Sailors, who helped Kamehameha I establish his Hawaiian kingdom. This temple was dedicated through the sacrifice of a rival chief.

Travel and Getting There:
Take the H19 (north from Kailua-Kona) towards Kawaihea. Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site is just south of Kawaihea Harbor, close to Kawaihea Bay and Spencer Beach Park.

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