No swimming or sunbathing is allowed on this beach, but a good cultural lesson is worth the trip. Pelekane Beach is located in front of the Pu'ukohola Heiau. Many sacrifices were made at this location. Keoua, fierce rival of King Kamehameha and ruler of the Big Island, was killed on this beach, cemented Kamehameha's rule over the islands.
Just offshore and under the water is an ancient heiau which was built to the shark gods. The heiau is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. To get to Pelekane take Highway 19 north to Highway 270. The Pu'ukohola Heiau is located at the junction of these two highways. The beach is situated below the heiau.