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Puukohola Trail at Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Hawaii > The Big Island > Kohala Coast
Summary
Length1.5 mi
Elev. Gain100 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating8 / 10
TypePaved
The Puukohola Trail is located in the dry North Kohala Coast. The trail allows you to see a number of historically significant sites, including the war heiau that was built by King Kamehameha.

The trail head branches both left and right - you should take right, towards the Heiau at the hilltop. Stop at the visitor's centre to read about the interesting history behind the heiau. The asphalt trail leads you to the base of the temple.

Almost, 200 feet below, you will find the Mailekini Heiau, which was transformed into a fort later by King Kamehameha. There is yet another heiau, called the Hele o Kepuni, which lies underwater and in ruins. It was dedicated to sharks, which were often offered human flesh.

At the bottom of the hill, the trail loops back to the starting point. You should leave the asphalt path and follow the dirt road, which will bring you to the site of the ancient royal compound, Pelekane.

From Pelekane, follow an unpaved service road till you reach a 'T' and take a right hike uphill. As you approach the Highway, cross it and take a left and walk about 600 feet and you will find a well-worn trail to the right leading to the John Young's Homestead. After completing your trail, retrace your path to the asphalt trail and follow the loop.
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Best time to go
February is the best time, when you can see the sharks.

Cost
None

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
19° 1.525' N
155° 49.3' W

Driving Directions:
Drive along Highway 270, for a mile. The trail head will be located south of Kawaihae in North Kohala.
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Weather Report for Ocean View, HI
Mostly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly clear with scattered showers after midnight. Haze through the night. Lows 52 to 71. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 69.8° F
Relative Humidity: 88%
Pressure: 29.37"
Dew Point: 66.1° F

Winds from the NW at 4.2 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Precipitation
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:19 AM
Sunset: 5:55 PM
Weather reported from Drying Plant, Pahala, HI (KHIPAHAL4)
Forecast
Sunday
Mostly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy with showers likely in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 68 to 84. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Lows 53 to 74. North winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday
Partly sunny with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then cloudy with showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 70 to 86. South winds around 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 53 to 73. Northwest winds around 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:16 PM
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