Puu O Mahuka Heiau State Monument [CLOSED]

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Puu O Mahuka Heiau State Monument [CLOSED] is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.3 miElevation gain59 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingWalkingBird watchingViewsClosedNo shadeHistoric site
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INDEFINITE CLOSURE: As of March 2021, the historic site is open however the entry gates are closed. More information here: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/oahu/puu-o-mahuka-heiau-state-historic-site/

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Rafael Rodriguez
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Gates closed but people are still hiking there. Easy kine trail, paved 99% from the gate.

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P H
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Shivanie Latchman
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Still closed

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Akemi Saito
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Andrew User
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Still closed due to Covid-19

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Rachel Zalewski
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Great lookout from a historic site. Great info posted. Kept up very nicely.

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Christa K
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Easy walk. Very very short but gives a great view. You can be in and out in 10 minutes or less.

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Yukari C
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Such a gorgeous view! The trail was very short but was worth a visit.

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Elaine Gregory
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Short little walk with a beautiful view.

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Nikki Leitzke
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I was looking for a hike close to town that I could do for sunset. This is an absolutely beautiful spot to watch it from! Views of Waimea bay make it absolutely amazing! Walk down the path a bit to get the best view. Bring something to leave on the sacred table nearby. This is more of a drive up spot but I made the sketchy climb up the S turns from the main road. I was lucky and got picked up part way there!

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Ashlee Kyler
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extremely easy and beautiful view at sunset

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Solamen Silva
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Circumnavigating the perimeter path is not the point of this trail. Simply standing near the Heiau itself will move you. Although you are not allowed to be here at sunset, you can imagine that this site’s location was chosen, in part, for its awe-inspiring views of the sun setting over Waimea Bay.

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Chad Edward
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Not much of a hike, more so a walking trail around an historic site. Beautiful view of Waimea Bay though.

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Kellee K
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We "hiked" up the road from the bottom. After reading reviews about it NOT being a hike, we decided to hike the hill up to the monument. Beautiful view from above. Nice stroll around the Haieu. Great history here. Easy walk.

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Ruth Torres
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Amazing view from the top

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Anu Hutch
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Beautiful area for a small stroll and to watch the sunset. Well maintained. Road on the way up is windy and narrow so drive slowly.

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Johna Hankins
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A beautiful area. Definitely not a hike though, just a little stroll.

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Ruth B.
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Forever Shaka
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Respect the Aina

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Keity Barcelos Morris
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Great views ! We went to see the sunset !! Was magical ! :)

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Solamen Silva
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The largest heiau on O'ahu, Pu'u O Mahuka Heiau was a luakini heiau (sacrificial temple) commissioned by the ali'i 'ai moku (island chief) around 1600. At the time of its construction, Waimea Valley, a sacred headquarters for the North Shore, had been known as the "Valley of the Priests" for almost 700 years — a name bestowed for this sacred area's abundant blessings of fertile agricultural land, fresh water, marine food sources, and ideal canoe landing sites. I've heard that signal fires from this cliff-top plateau, 300 feet above Waimea Bay, could be seen 100 miles away at the Hikinaakala Heiau near Wailua, Kauai! Visiting this park should not be viewed merely as a hike but as an opportunity to share Aloha with a place of rich spiritual heritage. Please exercise all due respect when exploring this area. Do not touch or disturb the rocks that were placed here with mālama and reverence.

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Darice Slusser
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Short hike, but great views of Waimea to Kaena Point. Seeing the Heiau is also a special experience.

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Forever Shaka
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Fantastic views of Waimea Bay from this very beautiful historical treasure.

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JTM Bartels
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Historical park with Hawaii history and signage to reflect the significance. Great views of Waimea Beach from here too.

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Susana Nells
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Chuck Lane
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Leah Jean
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Charles Stearns
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Anu Hutch
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