Pu'u O Mahuka Heiau
Oahu's Largest Ancient TempleThe cultural site is home to Pu‘u o Mahuka, Oahu’s largest heiau, or ancient temple. The site has beautiful panoramic views, and you can look out to Waimea Bay, which is cool when the waves are big. —Hoku Haiku
Off Pupukea Rd. This appeared in the June/July 2013 issue. Read more about Hoku Haiku’s North Shore neighborhood in Oahu.
Sacred Grounds above Waimea Bay
Puu o Mahuka Heiau
Tourists tend to unknowingly miss this luakini heiau—a sacred place of worship and sacrifice for the ancient Hawaiians—set on a bluff over Waimea Bay. Legend has it the stacked-stone construction was built in the 17th century by menehune, the mythical little people responsible for many of Hawaii's fishponds and temples. The ruins are still revered today—people regularly leave offerings to honor the gods here.