Plan Like A Park Ranger! Top 10 Insider Tips Before Visiting Pu'ukohola Heiau

Pu'ukohola Heiau (Dry stack rock structure, temple) and a Lele (Sacrificial altar or stand)
Pu'ukohola Heiau and a Lele (A temple and an offering tower)


  1. Have A Plan...And A Backup Plan: A visit begins at home with a trip to Park websites have great ideas of what to do, where to go, and what to see.
  2. Be Patient & Flexible: Always allow ourselves extra time to get from one place to another and enjoy the experience.
  3. Be Respectful: Learn about Hawaiian history and living native Hawaiian culture! Check the self-guided audio tour on the new official NPS app.
  4. Ask A Ranger: We're here to help. Answer questions, share park stories, and even update on park activities at our park and sister parks on Hawai'i Island.
  5. Explore The New NPS App: You can access it offline if you plan ahead! Explore over 400 National Parks, Historic Sites, Trail System, and much more.
  6. Watch Your Footing & Stay On The Trail: A great way for travelers looking for all the beauty of nature, hiking trails, the great outdoors, and rich history.
  7. Practice Safe Selfies, Leave Only Footprints: Time to practice "Leave No Trace" principles.
  8. Protect Yourself & Stay Hydrated: Bring a water bottle & sun protection!
  9. Ruffing It? Many parks allow pets on leashes, but most of the time these furry friends are left at home. Check it out and discover B.A.R.K. principles.
  10. Explore Beyond Our Walls! Visit ALL Of Hawai'i Island Parks:;;;

Last updated: June 3, 2021