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Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area

O'ahu, Hawai'i

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Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area

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  • This historic site was once an ancient medicinal healing temple.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
  • This historic site was once an ancient medicinal healing temple.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
  • The park entrance has a large greenspace, restrooms, and picnic pavilions.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
  • The forest is partially made up of Cook pines and feels more temperate than tropical.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
  • The forest is partially made up of Cook pines and feels more temperate than tropical.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
  • Wide open greenspaces.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
  • Nestled along the loop road are multiple other picnic pavilions.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
  • Take the loop road from the entrance to access the camping areas, picnic pavilions, and 'Aiea Loop Trailhead.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
  • There is plenty of room to roam.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
  • Signs mark the camping areas.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
  • One of the ten available camping sites.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
  • Restrooms are located in each camping area.- Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic. Historic.
Cons: 
Busy.
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Region:
O'ahu, HI
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Keaīwa Heiau ("mysterious temple") is a historic park and camping area located just outside of Honolulu. Once used as an ancient medical center, the rock ruins can still be viewed today, where the kahuna ("priest") and haumana ("student") healers treated patients with herbs and medicines from the surrounding gardens. A rock wall surrounded the entire complex, which may have consisted of a large storage area, the master temple, and steam baths. The site likely dates back to the 1500s and was replanted in the 1920s with stands of Norfolk pines and lemon eucalyptus trees, which give the air an aromatic citronella smell.

Camping is permitted from Friday to Wednesday in one of the 10 designated campsites for a fee of $12 per night. Camping areas have bathrooms, fire pits, picnic tables, and showers. Day use picnic areas can also be found along the park's loop road with covered pavilions, barbecue charcoal grills, and picnic tables. At the back of the park is the start of the 'Aiea Loop Trail

If parking is scarce at the entrance, continue along the loop road, where there are many more parking lots. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:45 p.m. in winter months and 7:45 p.m. in summer months.

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