Nearby Parks

National Parks and Historical Trail System on Hawai'i Island
National Parks and Historical Trail System on Hawai'i Island. Historical Trail starts up North heading South on the West Side of the island passing through all four parks.

Be sure to visit our sister national parks on Hawai'i Island:

For information about other national park units in the Pacific Region, see the Pacific Islands National Parks Brochure.

Lapakahi State Historical Park

Lapakahi State Historical Park

Dating back over 600 years, Lapakahi was known as a place of the maka`ainana, the firshermen and farmers. Explore the remains of this significant settlement site. About 20 minutes north of Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.

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One of many petroglyphs at the Puako site.

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

About 15 minutes south of Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site is the Puako petroglyph field, one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in the Hawaiian Islands. Click here for more information.

Mauna Kea silversword.

The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station

Located on Mauna Kea at 9,300feet/2,800m, this center is open every day from 9am-10pm. Every night they offer astronomy programs from 6:00pm-10:00pm.

NOAA volunteer conducting whale watching program at Park.

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sancturary

Administered by NOAA, the Sanctuary is located just offshore from Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Volunteers from the Sancturary offer whale watching programs at Pu'ukohola Heiau NHS from mid-December to the end of March.

Discovery Center

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Mokupapapa Discovery Center

Located in downtown Hilo, the center interprets the natural science, culture and history of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the surrounding marine environment.


Last updated: October 8, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
62-3601 Kawaihae Road

Kawaihae, HI 96743


(808) 882-7218 x1014

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