Thu. Jul 18th, 2024


The founding of the Hawaiian kingdom can be directly associated with one structure in the Hawaiian Islands: Pu’ukohola Heiau.

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

The temple was constructed to incur the favor of the war god Kuka’ilimoku. Built between 1790-91 by Kamehameha I (also known as Kamehameha the Great), together with chiefs, commoners, men, women and children.


Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site: Living in Nature: L andslide 2019  (TCLF)


As British sailor John Young looked on, the temple was built and dedicated, a chief rival was sacrificed, and the war god Ku was pleased. Kamehameha I waged several subsequent battles using Western military strategy and weapons to extend his control over all Hawaiian Islands.

Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site: Living in Nature: Landslide 2019  (TCLF)

The monarchy he established lasted 83 years, from 1810-1893. Authorized by Congress on August 17, 1972 (86 Stat.562.)Acreage – 85.30; federal 60.93, non-federal 24.37. Pu’ukohola Heiau and property of John Young who fought for Kamehameha during the period of his ascendancy to power.

Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site — Big Island Hikes



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