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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
Occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 64 to 82. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 67.5° F
Relative Humidity: 99%
Pressure: 29.19"
Dew Point: 67.2° F

Winds from the NW at 3.2 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Precipitation
Today: 0.43"

Sunrise: 5:55 AM
Sunset: 6:45 PM
Weather reported from Drying Plant, Pahala, HI (KHIPAHAL4)
Forecast
Tonight
Cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 49 to 71. Southwest winds around 10 mph shifting to the east up to 10 mph late in the evening, then shifting to the north around 10 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 25 mph increasing to 30 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs 65 to 83. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 50 to 73. East winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs 67 to 85. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:53 AM
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