National Historic Site - Hawaiʻi
Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site is located on the northwestern coast of the island of Hawaiʻi. The site preserves the ruins of the last major Ancient Hawaiian temple, and other historic sites. The temple was built entirely by hand with no mortar, in less than a year. The red stones were transported by a human chain about 14 miles long, from Pololū Valley to the East. Construction involved thousands of people.
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Pu`ukoholā Heiau - Visitor Map
Official visitor map of Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site (NHS) in Hawaiʻi. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Ala Kahakai - Visitor Map
Official visitor map of Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail (NHT) in Hawaiʻi. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Hawaiʻi - Driving Map
Driving Map of the Island of Hawaiʻi (Hawaii). Published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Hawaiʻi - Vintage USGS Map - Hawaii North 1951
Vintage map of Hawaiian Islands - Hawaii North 1951. Published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
https://www.nps.gov/puhe/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pu%CA%BBukohol%C4%81_Heiau_National_Historic_Site Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site is located on the northwestern coast of the island of Hawaiʻi. The site preserves the ruins of the last major Ancient Hawaiian temple, and other historic sites. The temple was built entirely by hand with no mortar, in less than a year. The red stones were transported by a human chain about 14 miles long, from Pololū Valley to the East. Construction involved thousands of people. How many places in America can you walk in the footsteps of a king? Where else has a stranded sailor risen up to become a great chief over an entire island? Where else can you experience the culminating event of a people, foretold from centuries past? Where else can you stand on a beach and watch as sharks pass over a submerged temple? Experience all this and much more – only at Pu'ukoholā Heiau! From Keahole (Kona) International Airport: Head east on Keahole Airport Rd. Turn left at traffic light onto HI-19. Follow HI-19 to Spencer Beach Park Rd. (26.1 mi) Turn left onto HI-270 (0.4 mi) Turn left onto Spencer Beach Park Rd. (0.3 mi) Destination will be second right on Spencer Beach Park Rd. (Approximately 32 minute drive 27.5 mi) Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site Our Visitor Center is ADA accessible and offers wall exhibits with both English and Hawaiian Language interpretive information in our open lanai area. We also offer a FREE Audio tour available for Smart Phones (Data/Service Provider fees may apply). Restrooms and drinking water fountains located outside of Visitor Center. Museum exhibits and Park Store are open daily from 7:30am-5:00pm located in the visitor center. The park is on the island of Hawai'i, one mile south of Kawaihae off Hwy 270. Turn left on to Spencer Beach Park Road from Hwy 270. Turn 2nd Right in to visitor center parking lot. Visitor Center located on the right. Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site Banner A Lele (offering tower) set below Pu'ukoholā Heiau NHS Pu'ukoholā Heiau on a clear hot and sunny day in the district of Kawaihae. Sunrise Sunrise over Pu'ukoholā Heiau in mid September. Sunrise with a bright orange red glow rising above Pu'ukoholā Heiau. War God Kū and His Warriors War god Kū and His Warriors Warriors dressed in traditional attire presenting war god Kū on top of Pu'ukoholā Heiau during Ho'oku'ikahi Ceremony. Ho'oku'ikahi Ceremony Ho'okupu offerings placed on Lele Ho'okupu offerings placed on top of the lele during Ho'oku'ikahi ceremony. Trail Paved half mile loop trail Paved half mile loop trail (starting from the visitor center) will takes you to the base of Pu'ukoholā Heiau, passing Mailekini Heiau to Pelekane Bay, and right a long the coastal trail back to the visitor center. NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. Links to products from Baseline Geologic and Soil Resources Inventories provide access to maps and reports. [Site Under Development] Pu‘ukoholā Heiau 2020 WORLDFEST FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS In 2020 Harpers Ferry Center (HFC) won eight awards at WorldFest Houston. Many of these can be viewed over the summer through our upcoming film festival in celebration of HFC’s 50th Anniversary. (Note: The Special Jury REMI Award is given for a ranking of A+ and recognizes the top films in each category.) Green trees grow in red dirt canyons unde a cloudy sky. Series: Geologic Time Periods in the Cenozoic Era The Cenozoic Era (66 million years ago [MYA] through today) is the "Age of Mammals." North America’s characteristic landscapes began to develop during the Cenozoic. Birds and mammals rose in prominence after the extinction of giant reptiles. Common Cenozoic fossils include cat-like carnivores and early horses, as well as ice age woolly mammoths. fossils on display at a visitor center Series: National Park Service Geodiversity Atlas The servicewide Geodiversity Atlas provides information on <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geoheritage-conservation.htm">geoheritage</a> and <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geodiversity.htm">geodiversity</a> resources and values all across the National Park System to support science-based management and education. The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1088/index.htm">NPS Geologic Resources Division</a> and many parks work with National and International <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/park-geology.htm">geoconservation</a> communities to ensure that NPS abiotic resources are managed using the highest standards and best practices available. park scene mountains Quaternary Period—2.58 MYA to Today Massive ice sheets advanced and retreated across North America during much of the Quaternary, carving landscapes in many parks. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve contains geologic evidence of lower sea level during glacial periods, facilitating the prehistoric peopling of the Americas. The youngest rocks in the NPS include the lava of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the travertine at Yellowstone National Park, which can be just a few hours old. fossil bone bed and murals of mammoths Cenozoic Era The Cenozoic Era (66 million years ago [MYA] through today) is the "Age of Mammals." North America’s characteristic landscapes began to develop during the Cenozoic. Birds and mammals rose in prominence after the extinction of giant reptiles. Common Cenozoic fossils include cat-like carnivores and early horses, as well as ice age woolly mammoths. fossils on display in a visitor center Native Plant Restoration The Kalaupapa Fire ignited on January 9, 2020 and burned just over 20 acres in Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site (PUHE). NPS facilities were damaged by the fire, as were natural and cultural resources. The park has been the planting pili grass (Heteropogon contortus) to rehabilitate the cultural landscape within PUHE. In 2020, the focus of burned area emergency response/emergency stabilization (BAER/ES) work was to stabilize existing planting and in-situ nurseries. Puʻukoholā Heiau as seen from the battlefield area of PUHE. Ka‘oana‘eha Ka‘ōana‘eha was born into the royal family that consolidated power over a unified Kingdom of Hawai‘i at the end of the eighteenth century, but her role in opposing Christian missionization following the collapse of the kapu (meaning both sacred and restricted) system meant that she died out of favor with her powerful family. A yellow illustration of Kawaihae Bay depicting boats, homes, and a mountain range Series: Women's History in the Pacific West - Pacific Islands Collection Women's biographies from Hawai'i and Guam Map of parks in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands Series: Geologic Time—Major Divisions and NPS Fossils The National Park System contains a magnificent record of geologic time because rocks from each period of the geologic time scale are preserved in park landscapes. The geologic time scale is divided into four large periods of time—the Cenozoic Era, Mesozoic Era, Paleozoic Era, and The Precambrian. photo of desert landscape with a petrified wood log on the surface Restoring native species post-fire at Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site Following the 2020 Kalaupapa Fire at Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site (PUHE), Burned Area Rehabilitation (BAR) enabled the park to take various efforts to repair damage including continued efforts of restoration of pili (Heteropogon contortus) – a native grass species important to the cultural landscape, controlling non-native species and rehabilitating interpretive landscaping with native species. A worker digs in the soil above a building while the blue ocean spans the background. Travel Blog: The Pacific Islands Writing Prompt: Travel Blog written by Audrey Nelson for "A Day in the Life of a Fellow" Article Series. Audrey is a NPS Workforce Management Fellow, in partnership with Northwest Youth Corps Map of the Pacific Islands