Kane'aki Heiau

Kane'aki Heiau, Oahu

Please note: Kane'aki Heiau is currently closed until further notice.

Built in the 16th century, Kane'aki Heiau is considered the best preserved heiau on Oahu. It is located on the island's leeward (west) side in Makaha Valley. One reason why the heiau is in such a good shape is because it has been completely restored. It was reconstructed with traditional ohia tree logs and pili, a bunchgrass, and includes an altar, god images, two prayer towers, a drum house and a taboo house.

The heiau is dedicated to Lono, the god of agriculture and fertility. A large stone at the heiau is “Pohaku o Kane” (Stone of Kane). Kane is one of the major gods and is regarded as the guardian over the heiau up until today. King Kamehameha used to worship here and the heiau was in use until his death in 1812.

Kane'aki Heiau Overview

  • Currently the heiau is closed until further notice
  • Best restored heiau on Oahu
  • Located on private property in Makaha Valley on the island's leeward side
  • The inside area of the heiau is kapu (off-limits)

Makaha Valley, HI 96792
Directions: Take H1 West, which later turns into Farrington Highway. Turn right onto Makaha Valley Road. Turn right onto Maunaolu Street, which leads into Maunaolu Estates. There is a guard at the gatehouse who will let visitors to the heiau enter.

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Reviews and Comments:
We always visited this site on every visit to Oahu. Up until about 2010, that is, when we discovered that it has been closed. Locals tell us that, since the site is located within the boundaries of a gated community, the residents exerted their influence to have the site closed because they (the residents) didn't like the non-residents coming into their community. We were never at the heiau when there were more than perhaps three cars visiting, sometimes we were the only visitors. It's a shame that the public can no longer visit what we believe is the best heiau in Hawaii.
M. Scott McMannis, Thu Jan 21, 2016
Does anyone know when the Kaneaki heiau will reopen? It's been closed at least three years.
Joann Levey, Sat Apr 18, 2015
March 2014 - I called the phone no. above and was told the heiau has been closed for about a year and it isn't known when it'll reopen.
HI resident, Tue Mar 18, 2014