Puukohola Heiau Historic Site
Kawaihae Road, Kawaihae, Big Island, Hawaii
Stand in the chilling spot where prisoners of war were sacrificed to the Hawaiian ancient war god Kūkaʻilimoku during a fierce campaign to unite the islands under the rule of Kamehameha I. The gigantic sacrificial temple at Puukohola Heiau (“temple on the Hill”) stands at 224 by 100 feet and was built entirely by hand and without mortar. To deliver the building material to the site, a human chain stretched 14 miles to Pololū Valley and stones were passed from hand to hand. Now a national park, the site offers plenty of activities for both young and old like guided tours, whale watching, camping, arts and crafts, a museum, open-air movie screenings and much more.