Outdoor Activities

Visitors at the Visitor Center watching humpback whales with volunteers from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sancturary.
Visitors whale watching during whale season.


There are many exciting opportunities for getting out into the "great outdoors".

  • Hiking
    In addition to the Park's loop trail (1/2 mile), many visitors enjoy hiking south from the Park along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. A nice section is from the Park to Mau'umae Beach (about 3/4 mile). For more the adventurous, you can walk further to Hapuna Beach (about 3 miles).
  • Shark, Whale & Dolphin Watching
    Many visitors enjoy watching the variety of sea life that live and play off of the Park's shoreline. During the winter months, humpback whales are a very common sight. Throughout the year, black-tipped reef sharks come into Pelekane Bay (the best time to see them is usually in the early morning). As well, spinner dolphins can sometimes be seen frolicking in the ocean.
  • Bird Watching
    During the early morning or late afternoons, the Park comes alive with various birds. Occasionally you might see the pueo (hawaiian owl) scouting out the fields for prey.
  • Photography and Painting
    Over the years, artists have found Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site to be an amazing site for artistic expression. So grab your sketch book, camera or easel!
  • Special Programs
    Throughout the year, we also hold special programs just outside of the Visitor Center, including Whale Watching, Shark in the Park, cultural demonstrations, and more. Visit our Calendar for the most up-to-date information on special programs.
  • You can also enjoy the following outdoor activities at nearby Spencer County Beach Park:
    - Picknicking
    - Swimming
    - Camping
    - Snorkeling / Scuba Diving

Last updated: July 7, 2022

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

Kawaihae , HI 96743


808 882-7218

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