Best of Oahu Off the Beaten Path: Pu’u O’Mahuka Heiau

Pu’u O’Mahuka Heiau (History, Northshore)

This is a tiny park full of history is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the northshore on a great hill overlooking the ocean (Pupukea Homestead Road from Kamehameha Highway [across from Pupukea fire station]). After turning in you find a small lot to park and the site of a once great temple, the largest on Oahu. IMG_2220The site is covered with offerings such as many rocks wrapped in leaves. IMG_2212You can take a short path around the park which was very muddy on the day we visited and could use some maintenance. We bushwhacked a bit through the muddy red trails to complete the loop and were rewarded with some beautiful views of the ocean. IMG_2216 IMG_2215Not hard to imagine why they picked this space for their temple so long ago, it looked particularly heavenly as the sun peaked out from behind the clouds. IMG_2222This park is free to enter.

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