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Address: Island of Hawaii, HI
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Spiritual place thought to be the birthplace of King Kamehameha.

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The most eerie place in the whole island

The site is just amazing, very eerie!!! and strange, with the history of human sacrifices of tens of thousands people. Read the history of Mo’okini Heiau (from internet) before... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 December 2016
Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The site is just amazing, very eerie!!! and strange, with the history of human sacrifices of tens of thousands people. Read the history of Mo’okini Heiau (from internet) before the trip since there is no info on the site (at all). The history makes this place very unique. It is an isolated place so the silence is absolute, like there... More 

Thank tzd60820
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Next to Mookini Heiau is Kamehameha birthsite. This is a remote and deserted area. It is basically a square rock wall with no explanations available. I must say that it is of limited touristic interest unless you have a connection with this place or has seen everything else on the island. The trail was good but did leave some mud... More 

Thank lmcq11
Acton, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Mookini Heiau is one of the most sacred places on the Big Island, where thousands met their death through human sacrifice. It is very isolated and quiet, and reachable only on foot. Others may be skeptics, but I felt spooked out by this place. You reach the site by going on a dirt road past a wind farm (be careful... More 

Thank Agnes Q
Tryon, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I parked my car out on the main road and walked the entire road...past the house and barking dogs onto the path next to coast. I was alone and in flip flops. Might use better shoes, but I made it both ways. It was a spiritual experience for me even though some say the heiaus have "dark" energy. I left... More 

Thank tonivg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Visited in. 2013 and tried to take the nieces to visit but the road was too muddy, even with a 4-wheel drive. We abandoned the treck, pulled over and let them take pictures further down the road. Would have attempted to walk if we had appropriate shoes. Seeing from a distance is still an amazing sight.

Thank Yukonpuppy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

We drove our rented car as far as we dared down the dirt road and hiked the rest of the way to the Heiau (maybe 1 mile). The road was muddy but not too difficult on foot (if you ignore the complaints of the teenagers). You may want to wear hiking clothing (rather than the sneakers we had). The view... More 

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

This is a very impressive heiau that is worth the effort to get to. Four-whhel drive is highly recommended for the 1.5 mile section between the airport and heiau. If there hasn’t been any rain recently, a high clearance 2-wheel drive vehicle can make it. It is reportedly the oldest historical site on the island and was used for sacrifices.... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

This is not a place you accidentally happen upon. You have to want to go there, and the getting there is not super easy. It involves going off-road a bit and about a one mile hike over some occasionally daunting puddles (actually, more like ponds). I made a rookie mistake on the way in, and attempted to cross the ponds... More 

4 Thank Hepe2455
SW Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

This was a nice hike to visit the first Heiau (temple) on the Big Island. Since I was in a rental I didn't attempt to drive any further than the house right past the airport, but the hike is flat and easy. It IS hot, so be sure to bring water. The hike is only about 1.5 miles in and... More 

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Courtenay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2015

Saw this sacred site described in The Big Island Revealed book and had to visit. It is off the beaten path but well worth it! When you pass the wind farm and get to the airport keep left. You should have a 4x4 to get there. The ancient priest named Pa'ao sacrificed tens of thousands at this site around 1000... More 

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