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Hamakua District

Northeast between the Hilo and Kohala districts. Its scenic heritage coastline contains former sugar plantation villages and the awesome Waipio Valley - where nature rules!

SITES: SACRED & HISTORICAL
(See also Museums / Galleries)

VISITING A HEIAU

You are invited to visit the traditional Hawaiian religious sites listed in this website. However, you are asked to remember that these are religious sites which are still sacred to the Hawaiian people. As historic sites, these places are also fragile and subject to damage and collapse. Please visit with respect and care for these important places.

  • View the heiau from the exterior. Please do not climb on or over the rock walls. The stacked roof is unstable and may collapse.
  • It is unlawful to take, excavate, destroy, or alter any historic site on state land. Any person who violates this law is subject to a fine of $10,000 (HRS Chapter 6E-11)
  • Wrapping a rock in a ti leaf is not a traditional offering. This damages the plants and the integrity of the heiau structure.
  • Offerings of coins, candles, incense and similar items cause long-term damage.

The historic sites of Hawaii are unique resources that are fragile and cannot be replaced. Please help us protect Hawaii's past for the future.

HAMAKUA HERITAGE VISITOR CENTER
Honokaa, HI
(Hamakua District)
The Heritage Center features a large scale mural of ancient Hawaiian culture as it once was in Waipio Valley, a mini-museum with historic photos and artifacts, and a landscaped courtyard featuring Ohia, Milo, Maile and other native Hawaiian trees and plants.

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