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Kau District

South between the Kona and Puna districts. Time moves slowly at the southernmost point in the United States. An area containing some of the most ecologically diverse land in the Islands.

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.

SOUTH POINT (KA LAE)
Located at the end of South Point Road off Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy 11), near Waiohinu and approx. 6 miles west of Naalehu. The drive along South Point Road from Hwy 11 to the end is approx. 12 miles.
(Kau District)
As you drive down the South Point Road, you can't miss seeing and hearing the huge Kamoa Wind Farm's windmills generating electricity. Ka Lae("The Point") is the southernmost spot in the United States - the next Continental landfall is Antarctica - 7500 miles to the south.! This wild coastline has extensive archaeological sites, and is believed to be the site of the first Polynesian landings in 300 A.D. or earlier. The rocky point at Ka Lae is an overhang, and many local fishermen literally risk their lives climbing down a rope ladder to their boats anchored many feet below.

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