• The Sacred Hale o Keawe Heiau Protects the Pu'uhonua

    Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau

    National Historical Park Hawai'i

Places To Go

Take a walk back in time to old Hawaii as it was many centuries ago. Ki'i (carved statues) watch over and surround the Hale o Keawe, the former resting area of 23 Keawe line chiefs. The great wall, spanning up to 17 feet wide and averaging 10 feet in height will amaze you with its huge rocks fitting together like locking puzzle pieces. Footpaths take you past Hawaiian temples and other ancient structures. Puuhonua o Honaunau has many places visitors can go to experience the Hawaii of yesterday and today.

Did You Know?


Did you know that the area east of the Keone'ele Cove known as Kauwalomālie was the location of a historic and fateful meeting, in 1782, between Kamehameha and his cousin Kīwala‘ō? At the time, Kīwala'ō was the ruling heir to the kingdom following the death of his father Kalani'ōpu‘u. According to traditional accounts, it was during an awa ceremony when Kīwala'ō passed the awa prepared by Kamehameha to one of his favorite chiefs, instead of honoring Kamehameha with the first drink. This event set the stage for the power struggle that ensued between them.