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Ahu'ena Heiau

Ahu'ena Heiau
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Type of Attraction
Buildings & Monuments, Religious
Interests That Apply
History, Local Culture, Religion, Photography
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch
Restrooms: Available
Notes: Restrooms are available at the hotel.
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Ahu'ena Heiau

Sacred Seat of Hawaiian Royal Power

Address: Phone:
Palani Rd
(behind the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel)
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
+1 808 329 2911 (Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel)


A heiau is a Hawaiian temple, and 'Ahu'ena Heiau was one of the most important, as it was where the King lived and ruled, in the Hale Mana, or House of Power. The temple complex, which sits on a lava rock foundation built out into the bay, was last rebuilt by King Kamehameha I in the early 19th century. The temple is located near the luau grounds of the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, and at first glance looks almost identical to other grass huts. On closer examination, though, the temple has a mystique and solemnity that is undeniable. Nobody is allowed past the gates and onto the sacred site itself. The best view of this sacred place from Hawaii's past is from Kailua Pier, just across the bay.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Notes: The heiau is seen best during daylight hours.
Visit Time: 30min-1hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free

Tour Information

On-site tour times and information: Guided tours are available. Check hotel lobby for times and information.


Outdoor with some covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: All Ages
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Walking
Parking Availability: Yes

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