Sited on a hilltop overlooking a lush valley and a bay, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument represents the largest Hawaiian temple on the island. Local legend has it that a volcano goddess leaped from this elevated spot to the next island. The archeological remains date back to the 17th and 18th centuries, and it seems that the upper platform served as a sacrificial altar. Today you can see a visitor altar "guarded" by hens and roosters at the upper end of the ruins, testifying to the importance this sacred site still has for the locals. Keeping that in mind, try not to disturb anything. To visit Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument and get the most from your holiday in Pupukea, create itinerary details personal to you using our Pupukea travel route builder app.
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Not much left to see here in terms of architecture, but since the ruins stand on top of a hill, you get a great view of Waimea Bay and part of the valley. Lots of wild chicken roaming around, so be... more »
Hard to find - g***le maps thinks it is on the road by the beach park. It isn’t! Access is via Pupukea Road, further NE. There’s not much to see, (just the walls really), but do visit to see a... more »
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