Sacred Seat of Hawaiian Royal Power
Behind the King Kamehameha Hotel
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
+1 808 329 2911 (King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel)
Fax: +1 808 329 4602
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 sites 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 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.
On-site tour times and information: Guided tours are available. Check hotel lobby for times and information.
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Parking Availability: Yes
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