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Secrets of Hawaii : Pu'u O Mahuka Heiau

    Pu'u O Mahuka heiau is an ancient religious site. This is not one of the typical Tourists spots and is mostly an overlooked hidden treasure of Hawaii. Here you can learn a little about Hawaiian history as while as take in a short stroll to breathtaking views of the North Shore and Waimea Valley.


Looking down on Waimea Bay at Pu'u o Mahuka heiau
Looking down on Waimea Bay
Photo courtesy of Aukipa
Looking into Waimea Valley at Pu'u o Mahuka heiau
Looking into Waimea Valley
Photo courtesy of Aukipa

     From Waikiki travel to North Shore. Once in North Shore take Kamehameha Highway (Highway 83) to Pupukea Homestead Road (Highway 835). It is the road across from the Pupukea fire station and there is a Foodland supermarket on the street. Travel up this street until you make a hairpin curve, the next street on your right leads Pu'u O Mahuka heiau.
The picture to the right shows lower Waimea Valley park and Kamehameha highway.



Pu'u o Mahuka is the largest heiau (religious site or temple) on O'ahu, covering almost two acres. The name is translated as "hill of escape", and it is a little-visited site of remarkable peace and seclusion.


Has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark

Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
This site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating and illustrating
the history of the United States

U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service


Plague at Pu'u o Mahuka heiau
Need to Know:

       The Ancient Hawaiians used this spot as a scared place of worship. It is still revered to this day. Many people still leave offerings.

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