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Address: Behind the King Kamehameha Hotel, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740

An ancient temple.

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Key Piece of Hawaiian history

Few of the original, historically significant Hawaiian buildings and sites have been preserved. Ahuena Heiau is one of those, and is easy to access from"downtown" Kona. It's a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 February 2017
Phoenix, Arizona
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Maui, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As you enjoy the beach at the King Kamehameha Hotel, take a stroll through the adjacent Ahuena Heiau, a local Hawaiian temple and historical site. The Heiau was built by King Kamehameha in the early 1800's and is a place for higher humanitarian blessings (no sacrifices here). The site is a revered Hawaiian historical monument, and worth a visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Few of the original, historically significant Hawaiian buildings and sites have been preserved. Ahuena Heiau is one of those, and is easy to access from"downtown" Kona. It's a "don't miss it" opportunity!

Thank rsr200
Louisville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Nice rendition of ancient Hawaiian history right behind the Courtyard Hotel in Kailua-Kona. Easy to get to but it is roped off from getting too close. A nice beach nearby for swimming in the heart of Kailua-Kona. A quick stop is all you need to view. No charge.

Thank Derbylover
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

King Kameahmeah I wa an exceptionally bright and far seeing monarch who transitioned his aboriginal islands into the then modern world. Born and raised under the kapu (taboo) system, where it was a capitol offense to eat with your wife or to have your shadow fall upon a place where the king was walking, this man, when he was first... More 

Thank capndrake
United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

There is very limited access so pictures have to be taken from a distance. The king was a wise man to live away from his wives!

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

There isn't much to see or do at this attraction, but it is interesting. Amazing how these buildings are constructed.

Thank JJGoodell
Waimea, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

I am grateful that the site has been preserved for us to see the history of the Island. The Ahuena Heiau is difficult to miss. If you are at King Kam beach it is directly in front of you.

Thank livelovexplore
Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Cool artifacts, but you can't go near the outbuildings or touch anything. There is a beautiful paved walkway, with lovely flowers and trees lining the trail. It is a short walk off the beach by the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel (Marriott). It is really cool to be swimming and snorkeling in the shadow of this historical landmark.

Thank pandkmorse
Darien, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

We were glad we toured this area. We learned a lot about the history of the area. Disappointed that there wasn't much to do there. We read signs and looked at structures.

Thank Lyn N
Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely place to stroll around. It's very spiritual and a nice piece of restored history. It's free to enjoy which is great.

Thank Deb W

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