Halekiʻi-Pihana Heiau State Monument is a 10 acre park containing two important heiau (religious sites) near the mouth of the ʻIao Stream in Wailuku. Halekiʻi and Pihana were associated with important Hawaiian chiefs. Originally they were places of worship, only to be changed to war temples.

The site is open to pedestrians only (the entry road doesn’t permit vehicles).

The heiau complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Haleki’i and Pihanakalani Heiau are two of Maui’s most accessible archeological sites. The lava foundation is the remains of a heiau, or Hawaiian temple. On rare occasions, some of these temples were used to perform human sacrifices of the halihinis (commoners).

It is thought that Pihanakalani Heiau is probably the last site where Kamehameha performed such sacrifices on Maui. Besides religious ceremonies, some heiau were used as places of refuge for people in trouble. Reconstructed in 1958, Haleki’i heiau better represents its original structure in 1240.


Halekiʻi-Pihana Heiau State Monument State Park Hawaii
500 Hea Pl, Wailuku, HI 96793, United States



The gate at the Keawaula Section of Kaena Point State Park is now OPEN on weekends from 7am to 7pm.


No Entrance Fees


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Contact: (808) 587-0300

Official Website: Halekiʻi-Pihana Heiau State Monument State Park


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