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Hawaii?s history is as colorful and exciting as its tropical forests and sea waves. One of the many sites that preserve the evidences of Hawaii?s rich culture and heritage is the Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site.

Located in the northwest coast of main island of Hawai?i, Heiau contains the ruins of the last major Ancient Hawaii, including its temples and other historic sites. The site contains the ruin of a massive temple erected in 1791. It witnessed many political campaigns that culminated in the Battle of Nu?uanu in1810. Visitors who plan to experience and learn the historic site?s secrets can start at the visitor center located at the site. The interpretive trail begins here and then leads to Puʻukoholā. A few feet west are the ruins of the ancient Mailekini Heaiu. At the nearby shore is Hale o Kapuni, an submarine structure that is strictly for sharks. Shark feeding is an attraction and a pōhaku or stonepost marks the sport where people can view this feeding frenzy.

The whole site was classified as National Historical Landmark on December 29, 1962.
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