Ahu’ena Heiau

Explore Ahu’ena Heiau in Kailua-Kona, Big Island – King Kamehameha the Great’s personal temple. Delve into Hawaiian history and marvel at intricate carvings.

Ahu'ena Heiau is a Heritage Site located in the city of Kailua-Kona on Big Island, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Ahu’ena Heiau


  • Overview: Ahu’ena Heiau, a sacred temple located in Kailua-Kona on Big Island, Hawaii, is a must-see for visitors seeking a glimpse into the rich cultural history of the region. Nestled along the shoreline, this historic site offers a unique combination of natural beauty and ancient tradition.
  • Highlights: The main highlight of Ahu’ena Heiau is its role as the personal temple of King Kamehameha the Great, who united the Hawaiian Islands. This sacred site showcases intricate wooden carvings and traditional thatched structures, offering a window into the past.
  • Activities: At Ahu’ena Heiau, visitors can participate in guided tours to learn about the temple’s history and cultural significance, take photographs of the beautiful surroundings, and explore the nearby Kamakahonu Beach for a relaxing experience.
  • Information: Ahu’ena Heiau is open to the public daily. There is no entrance fee, but donations are appreciated to help maintain the site. The best time to visit is during the morning hours, when the sun illuminates the temple and the surrounding area is less crowded.
  • History & Significance: Ahu’ena Heiau dates back to the 16th century and was rebuilt by King Kamehameha the Great in the early 1800s. It served as his personal temple and the center of political and religious power during his reign. The temple is dedicated to Lono, the Hawaiian god of peace, agriculture, and prosperity.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to Ahu’ena Heiau, consider joining a guided tour led by knowledgeable local experts who can provide deeper insights into the site’s history and significance. Additionally, be respectful of the sacred nature of the temple by observing posted guidelines and refraining from touching or climbing on the structures.

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