Kea Place, Wailuku, Central Maui
Haleki'i and Pihanakalani Heiau are two of Maui's most accessible archeological sites. The lava foundation is the remains of these ancient heiaus, or Hawaiian temples, originally built in 1240. On occasion, some of these temples were used to perform human sacrifices to pay homage to the ancient gods. It is thought that Pihanakalani Heiau is probably the last site where Kamehameha I performed such sacrifices on Maui as a tribute to the war god, Ku. These heaius were reconstructed in 1958 and are on the National and State Registry of Historic Places.
A deep sense of ancient Hawaiian history fills this site and makes the visit very worthwhile. The views of Wailuku and Kahului are also spectacular from this area.
Drive past the Wailuku Industrial Area toward Waihe'e. Turn left on Kuhio Place and then left on Hea Place. A large sign marks the entrance to this site.
Informational plaques located on site
Ample, paved parking available
The walk around the heiau is mile and takes only 15 minutes
Panoramic views of Central Maui
REMINDER: This is a historical, religious site. Show respect and do not remove any stones, climb on any structures, or cause any damage.