Hikiau Heiau

Explore Hikiau Heiau, ancient Hawaiian temple in Captain Cook, Hawaii. Uncover its history, Captain Cook connection, and stunning Kealakekua Bay views.

Hikiau Heiau is a Heritage Site located in the city of Captain Cook on Big Island, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Hikiau Heiau


  • Overview: Hikiau Heiau, an ancient Hawaiian temple site, is a must-see attraction in the city of Captain Cook on Big Island, Hawaii. Situated at Napo’opo’o Beach by Kealakekua Bay, it offers visitors a unique glimpse into Hawaii’s rich cultural history.
  • Highlights: The Hikiau Heiau stands out due to its association with Captain James Cook, who visited the site in 1778-1779, and its status as a luakini heiau, where human sacrifices took place.
  • Activities: Visitors can explore the heiau’s impressive stone structures, take a guided tour to learn about its history, and enjoy the picturesque views of Kealakekua Bay.
  • Information: Hikiau Heiau is open to the public daily, with no entrance fees required. The best time to visit is during the morning hours to avoid the afternoon heat.
  • History & Significance: Built by King Kalani’opu’u, Hikiau Heiau was a site of great importance in ancient Hawaiian culture. Captain Cook’s visit and the first Christian ceremony in Hawaii, a funeral service for one of his crew members, further elevated its historical significance.
  • Tips & Insights: To enhance your experience at Hikiau Heiau, consider hiring a local guide who can provide an in-depth understanding of the site’s history and significance. Additionally, don’t forget to bring sun protection and water, as the area can get quite hot during the day.

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