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This is Oahu's best restored heiau (temple), located on the Waianae Coast near Makaha. The temple, built in the 17th century, is in the center of the Makaha Valley and was originally dedicated to Lono, the god of agriculture.

It was rededicated by King Kamehameha I as a war temple. Restoration was accomplished by the Bishop Museum, which added two prayer towers, a taboo house, drum house, alter and images of gods. Pili grass from the Big Island and ohia logs were used.

To reach this heiau, turn at Makaha Beach Park into Mauna Olu Estates and drive past the gatehouse. Located on private property, but is open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No admission is charged.

Location: Makaha Hawaii

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