Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site

Please click on the following link for the official Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site Junior Ranger web page:


My family visited Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site on December 19, 2009. In this posting I am going to discuss the Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site’s Junior Ranger Adventure Book and the activities for the Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site in the Hawai’i Island National Parks Junior Ranger Adventure Book.

First I will discuss the Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site’s Junior Ranger Adventure Book. To become a Junior Ranger at Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site you must do the following:

1. Complete the required number of activities for your age.

  • 5-7 – Complete any two activities
  • 8-10 – Complete any four activities
  • 11-13 – Complete any six activities

2. Return the completed booklet to a park ranger.
3. Recite the Junior Ranger Pledge.

After completing the above, the Junior Ranger will receive a Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site badge. Please see below for a picture of the badge. Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site currently does not have a Junior Ranger Patch.

The Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site’s Junior Ranger Adventure Book has seven activities. There are enough age appropriate activities for the Junior Ranger to complete in each age group. You can download a copy of the Adventure Book from the Junior Ranger link above.

The Hawai’i Island National Parks Junior Adventure Book was quite difficult and probably impossible for a seven year old. That being said, I worked with Alyssa and helped her complete the activities. The one thing that I liked about the activities is that they made you explore the park. It was necessary to complete the walking tour and read each sign as you walked through the park. We learned a lot of things about the site by completing the activities. If it wasn’t for the adventure book, we would have missed out on the history of the site.

The site also had some activities/games to play. There was moa pahe’e (wooden darts) and ‘ula maika (bowling). Carole Christopher, a Interpretation Associate of the Hawai’i Natural History Association showed us how to play the games. Carole was very helpful and spent a lot of time with us. She also talked about the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail and some places where we could see petroglyphs. Thanks Carole.

After completing the activities, the girls presented their books to Ranger Joon So. Ranger So posed for photos with the girls as they held weapons from the time period of Kamehameha. We also purchased turtles (made by Ranger So) from coconut leaves. We have made it a tradition each year to buy a Christmas Ornament and the girls decided that the turtles would make good ornaments.

The site had a lot of historical significance and we really enjoyed exploring the site.


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