Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii - The Great Royal Stone- Puukohola Heiau

Temple, Scenic, Beaches, Amusement Park

The royal, stone Puukohola Heiau can be seen off the road, just north of the resorts of the Kohala Coast. This National Historic Site is home to one of the biggest restored heiau (temple) in Hawaii and is part of the National Park System. Heiau were sacred places of reverence for Native Hawaiians, and Puukohola Heiau was a site constructed to fulfil a historic divination.North Kohala born Kamehameha the Great was advised by his kahuna (priest) to construct and devoted Puukohola Heiau to the war god Kukailimoku to help in his efforts to unite the Hawaiian Isles. The fortress-like heiau was built overlooking the Kohala shore between 1790 and 1791. King Kamehameha finally fulfilled the kahuna’s divination when he united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810.

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