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Wailua River State Park, Wailua

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Wailua River State Park and the Wailua Complex of Heiaus, which it includes, are located on the eastern side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The park consists primarily of the Wailua River valley, which is the only navigable river in Hawaii. Visitors to this park can kayak, take riverboat cruises and explore the rainforest. Even motorboats and water skiing are permissible on the river.Wailua Complex of HeiausThe Wailua Complex, a National Historic Landmark, was once the center of chiefly power on the island. It contains the remains of several important structures: places of worship (heiau), places of refuge, and sites related to royal births. The most important sites are:Hikinaakalā (Rising of the Sun) Heiau, which includes the Hauola place of refuge and the Kii Pōhaku ancient petroglyphs, at the mouth of the river adjacent to Lydgate State ParkMalae, also known as Malaea or Makaukiu or Mana Heiau, a huge, rectangular luakini heiau almost 400 feet long on the south side of the river just above Highway 56Holoholokū Heiau, also known as Kalaeokamanu, adjacent to the pōhaku hoohānau (birthing stone) and pōhaku piko (navel/umbilical stone), where women of high rank would give birth and bury their afterbirth and umbilical cordsPoliahu (also spelled Poliahu) Heiau, a large luakini heiau high on the narrow ridge between Ōpaekaa Stream and Wailua RiverBellstone (on the same ridge), used to announce important events, such as royal births Of these, only Holoholokū has been largely restored.
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  • The Wailua River State Park is actually made up of several pieces, you can paddle up the river, visit the Kamakilo Village, Opaekaa Falls and the parks around the various ancient ruins that bordered t...  more »
  • Highly recommend renting kayaks and exploring on your own. Pace yourself and enjoy all the beauty away from the crowds. Time stops away from tour boats and you can see attractions along the river with...  more »
  • Guests can enjoy a river cruise across in about an hour and a half from the estuary will Ariba! Sleeping giant? The will Ariba offers beautiful scenery and performers, after the mountain show picture
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