religious site was the personal heiau of King Kamehameha the Great. It
is located on the grounds of the
Kona Beach Hotel,
the public may visit the site during the day. The
heiau sits at the waters edge overlooking Kailua Bay.
heiau was dedicated to the god, Lono. Several tall ki'i akua (statues of
god) adorn the area. A
bird depicted on the tallest statue is the golden plover. This bird is
was said to have lead the ancient Polynesians to Hawai`i.
King Kamehameha worshipped at this site from 1813 until his death in
1819. Historical walking tours and luaus are offered by the
Kona Beach Hotel.
heiau was restored in 1812 for King Kamehameha the Great. "The house
from which to watch the farm lands," the King used this heiau as his
retreat to oversee the land and the ocean.
buildings were thatched with sugar cane leaves.
Located behind the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel at the end of Palani
Road in Kailua-Kona, it is easily seen from the the
- Informational plaques located around the site
- FREE admission to the grounds from 9am - 4pm
- Guided tours available - check at the hotel
lobby for times and information
- Luaus held nearby - call 808-326-4969 for
more information and reservations