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Pu'ukohola Heiau

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Tour of the Koala Coast

On our first day visiting Big Island we organized an historical tour of the Koala Coast. We had a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
United States
Great place to see whales & black-tipped reef sharks

The heiau itself was fine (nice cellphone guided walking tour, 30min), but the real treat at this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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A stone temple built by King Kamehameha in 1719.
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62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9720
+1 808-882-7218 ext. 1011
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our first day visiting Big Island we organized an historical tour of the Koala Coast. We had a rental car, so we could stop and visit the places at our own pace. The first stop was at Puako petroglyphs just north of Mauna Lani...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The heiau itself was fine (nice cellphone guided walking tour, 30min), but the real treat at this stop along the Kohala coast is the Kohala - the whales! When we stopped in, a whale foundation had set up shop with binoculars so we could see...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank pocketneuroscientist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very interesting place to visit. There is no charge. Its is a place that is whales are the main reason to be there. In Jan/Feb we say many here. Feb through April on Fridays there is a group of volunteers who are...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 759frankp
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I loathe leaving a negative review but.... I work with stone and am mad on stone structures, wherever I go visiting sites is something of a pilgrimage. This is one of the few free standing historical stone structures in USA and was supposed to be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Sean A
Reviewed 10 February 2019 via mobile

Yes, scan the code at the visitor center for the audio tour Yes, this can be a short visit — 30 min or less Yes, there is a beach on this same road Yes, decent bathrooms No, not very entertaining for kids Yes, reading will...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 222kurtc
Reviewed 30 January 2019

There is a nice visitor center, plus clean restrooms. They have an icon you can use with your iPhone that tells the whole story. There is a half mile paved loop to tbe site. Nice little stop. Tells all about King Kamehameha.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Patty W
Reviewed 23 January 2019

For a sense of real Hawaii and it's people and history, take in all the historical sites you can while on the big island. It is a treasure trove.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gail P
Reviewed 22 December 2018 via mobile

This is an interesting site of Hawaiian history. There is a ranger station/ visitors center and walkable trails. A walk to the harbor might produce a sight of black tip reef sharks.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 624MikeP624
Reviewed 20 December 2018 via mobile

Tasteful, sensitive, important Natl park, adjacent to state beach park, and short distance to fabulous Tiki Bar in Kawaihae (Seafood Bar and Grill). Take the audio tour, free, download at Visitor Center. Walk and photograph this amazing historical location, with its towering heiau high on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank MarkSS1
Reviewed 4 December 2018 via mobile

Self guided tour with your phone. Walk takes a half out and worth doing. Be sure and talk with the staff very knowledgeable.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Renee T
18 October 2015|
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Response from RDWNG1 | Reviewed this property |
It is paved, but there are a few steps if you deviate off of the main path. A few steep spots as well.