What to Expect
Pupukea, North Shore
Pu'u O Mahuka Heiau ("Hill of Escape") is a well-preserved temple and is the largest on O'ahu covering over 5-acres and consisting of three adjoining enclosures measuring 575 feet by 170 feet. This was considered a powerful place for the kahuna and one of two places where wives of the ancient chiefs gave birth. This heiau may also have been a site of human sacrifice. In the upper section is a raised mound surrounded by stones that may have been a central alter. The stonework of this heiau shows a high degree of craftsmanship, expecially on the pathways.
Located on the north shore town of Pupukea, this site is situated on a pali overlooking Waimea Bay. It is a national landmark and a registered state historical site.
Take Kamehameha Highway past Waimea Beach Park, Waimea Valley, and the Church of Saint Peter and Paul going toward Pupukea on the North Shore. Go about 1 mile and take a right onto Pupukea Road. Follow this road until you see the signs to the Heiau. Free Parking at the site.
These sites are sacred to the Hawaiian people and should be treated with the utmost respect. Do not move or remove anything from these sites. Do not climb or walk on the rock walls and platforms.