Heritage Sites of Hawaii's Big Island

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Heritage Sites of Hawaii are special places located throughout the islands that provide significant historical, cultural and environmental contributions to the understanding and enjoyment of Hawaii. Whether it’s a unique natural wonder; a National Park or Monument; or a sacred place that encapsulates Native Hawaiian customs, beliefs and practices; these are the sites that are “must see” destinations that have been visited by the people of Hawaii for generations.

There are seven Heritage Sites of Hawaii on the Big Island. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Hawaii’s most popular visitor attractions. This expansive park is the world-famous home of some of the world's most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Maunaloa.

If you want to see a waterfall, visit Akaka Falls State Park. This park features a popular self-guided walk that features two amazing waterfalls, Akaka Falls (134 metres) and Kahuna Falls (30 metres).

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
is a site where you can learn about life in early Hawaii by viewing fishponds, kii pohaku (petroglyphs) and heiau (temples).

On the southern Kona Coast, Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park is where the first westerner, Captain James Cook, first set foot on the island of Hawaii in 1779. He died here just a year later. A monument stands here in his name.

Take a self-guided tour of Lapakahi State Historical Park and explore traditional Hawaiian lifestyles. This park is home to an over 600 year old, partially restored fishing settlement.

Also on the Kona Coast, the Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is a 72-hectare national historic park that was once the site of royal grounds and was a place of refuge for Hawaiian lawbreakers. It features many interpretive exhibits of Hawaiian life and culture.

Part of the National Park System, Puukohola Heiau National Historical Site features one of the largest heiau (temple) built in Hawaii. One of the last major temples built by King Kamehameha I between 1790-1791, this heiau played a significant role in the unification of the Hawaiian Islands. Learn more about the other Heritage Sites of Hawaii.

Hawaii's Big Island Heritage Sites

 

Lapakahi State Park

 
Lapakahi State Historical Park

Take a self-guided tour of this over 600-year old, partially restored fishing settlement.

 

Puukohola Heiau

 
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Part of the National Park System, this historic site is home to one of the largest heiau (temple) built in Hawaii (1790-1791).

 

Kaloko-Honokohau

 
Kaloko Honokohau

Learn about life in early Hawaii by viewing fishponds, kii pohaku (petroglyphs) and heiau (temples).

 

Kealakeuka Bay

 
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On the southern Kona Coast, this is where Captain Cook first arrived on the Big Island and also where he died just a year later in 1779.

 

Puuhonua o Honaunau

 
Puuhonua o Honaunau Natinal Historic Park

This 72-hectare national historic park was once the site of the royal grounds and was used as a refuge for Hawaiian lawbreakers.

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

 
Hawaii Volcanoes National park

A World Heritage Site, this expansive park is the world-famous home of Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and one of Hawaii’s most popular visitor attractions.

 

Akaka Falls State Park

 
Akaka Falls

A popular self-guided walk that features two amazing waterfalls, Akaka Falls (134 metres) and Kahuna Falls (30 metres).