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Kona District

West between the Kohala and Kau districts. North Kona: Legendary fishing grounds and the shops, hotels and condos of Kailua-Kona. South Kona: Home to the world famous Kona coffee plantations and tiny fishing villages.

(See also Museums / Galleries)


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.

Located to the right (north) of the Kailua Pier in Kailua-Kona on the grounds of the King Kamehameha Hotel.
(North Kona District)
King Kamehameha the Great's personal heiau (temple). He spent his later years here until his death in 1819.

P. O. Box 1053
Captain Cook, HI 96704
(South Kona District)
Tel. (808) 323-3318
Twelve acres of native and pre-contact plants that were important to Hawaiian culture. Maintained and operated by the Bishop Museum. Located immediately past the 110 Mile Marker in South Kona.

National Historical Park
73-4786 Kanalani Street, #14
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 329-6881
Kaloko-Honokohau is located at the base of Hualalai Volcano, along the Kona coast . It is 3 miles north of Kailua-Kona and 3 miles south of Keahole-Kona International Airport, along Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Hwy 19).
Established in 1978 for the preservation, protection and interpretation of traditional native Hawaiian activities and culture, this 1160-acre park is of incredible cultural and historical significance. It is the site of an ancient Hawaiian settlement which encompasses portions of four different ahupuaa, or traditional sea to mountain land divisions. Resources include fishponds, kahua (house site platforms), kii pohaku (petroglyphs), holua (stone slide), and heiau (religious site). Visitors can hike along the coast through the park and enjoy other activities such as picnicking, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, bird watching, and surfing.

In Napoopoo at end of Beach Rd. off Government Rd. from Puuhonua Rd. (Hwy 160) or Lower Government Rd. from Mamalahoa Hwy (Hwy 11) at Captain Cook or Keei Junction.
(South Kona District)
4.0 acres. Viewing of Hikiau Heiau - a luakini (temple of human sacrifice). The place of worship where priests offered reverence to Captain Cook in 1779, believing that he was the god Lono returning to them as promised. Panoramic view of Kealakekua Bay.

Kona Outdoor Circle
76-6280 Kuakini Highway
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 326-7286
Under preservation next to the Kona Outdoor Circle Educational Center, the ritual 1.5 acre site was built in the 1600's. The heiau was an ancient ceremonial spot for blessing canoes before they were dragged to the water for completion and launching. The heiau site is not open to visitors at this time but can be viewed from the Educational Center and tours can be arranged upon request (call 329-6217 between 9am-1pm).

Located about 2.5 miles south of Kailua-Kona town and 2.5 miles north of Keauhou
(North Kona District)
The 12-acre park named after a high-ranking priestess Ke-olona-hihi, contains 13 traditional Hawaiian sites of various heiaus, platforms and enclosures, including a mortuary temple and a temple for martial arts and surfing.

Located in Kailua-Kona Town. South along Alii Drive to the right of the little blue church.
(North Kona District)
The only heiau (temple) in the State known to be associated solely with surfing.

National Historical Park
P. O. Box 129
Honaunau, HI 96726
(South Kona District)
Tel. (808) 328-2326 (Administration); (808) 328-2288 (Visitor Center)
A 181.8-acre park. Until 1819, vanquished Hawaiian warriors, noncombatants, and kapu breakers could escape death by reaching this sacred ground. Prehistoric house sites, royal fishponds, coconut groves, and spectacular shore scenery comprise the park. Green sea turtles can often be spotted in Keone Ele cove . Humpback whales can be seen during the winter months. Handouts on the local plants and birds are available. A 1871 historic trail (approx. 1 mile) has many archeological sites including temple sites (heiau), some sledding tracks (holua), and old house sites. There is also an open lava tube cave that ends at the face of a sea cliff. Watch your head as the ceiling is low and flashlights are recommended. Ask at the visitor center for a backcountry trail guide. The park celebrates its annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival on the weekend that falls closest to July 1. Note: The Green Sea Turtle is a Federally protected endangered species - please do not touch them and keep 10 feet away. For your own safety, please do not jump from the cliff or opening of the lava tube cave.

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