What to do in Kohala Historical Sites State Monument

Kahola lies on the northern tip of the Big Island, from which clear views of Maui are possible. Kohala State Park has been preserved due to its cultural and historical significance and is a National Historic Monument.

This state monument incorporates two historical sites important in Hawai'ian and American cultures. Mookini Heiau is one of the oldest sacrificial heiaus in the state. Almost a mile west of the heiau is the birth site of Kamehameha I. This king is known as one of the greatest in Hawaiian history, because he united the islands into one kingdom under his rule.

Recreation
Visitors to this site will enjoy the solitude and beauty of the region as well as the seascapes and views of Maui. Viewing and interpreting historical sites are the highlights of Kohala State Monument. Note: this site is closed Wednesdays.

Location
This state monument is located on the northernmost point of the Big Island. Access is possible on a coastal dirt road off 'Upolu Airport Road from Akoni Pule Highway (Hwy. 270). The site is 1.6 miles southeast of the 'Upolu Airport.

Climate
The island of Hawaii, like the others in the chain, has a windward and leeward climate. The windward (eastern) side of the island receives a lot of moisture. Hilo's monthly averages are above 8 inches. Winter and spring months receive the most moisture, but count on rain if you're traveling in this region. The leeward side can be almost desert like. The mountains are so large on Hawaii, that they trap the moisture on the windward side. Most of the days are sunny on the western coast of Hawaii and hence the tourists flock to this region.

Temperatures on the island of Hawaii are moderate with year round averages near 74 degrees F. The temperatures differ more with elevation than the seasons. Winter clothing such as gloves, hats and layered clothing is necessary if camping in any of the high elevation campgrounds on the island.

Address
P.O. Box 936
75 Aupuni Street, 204
Hilo, HI 96721-0936

Phone: 808-974-6200


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