An Unexpected Temple Is Hiding Underwater In This Hawaii Bay

Located on Hawaii Island’s southern Kohala Coast, Pelekane Bay isn’t your typical Hawaiian beach park. You aren’t allowed to go swimming, sunbathing, camping, or even picnicking along the beach. Why? Because this natural oasis is home to many ancient sacred sites, including traditional Hawaiian temples like Pu’ukohola Heiau. And while these sacred sites are certainly worthy of a visit, it’s what is hidden deep beneath the ocean’s surface that makes this bay truly remarkable. Scroll on to see just what we mean.

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Pelekane Bay, and the nearby Pu’ukohola Heiau, can be found at 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd., Kawaihae, HI 96743. The park is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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