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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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  • Great place to visit. Parking is a little hard to get. Just enjoy the scenery. We also have near the vicinity a Sacred site. The Poliahu Heiau  more »
  • It is a interesting boat ride to the Fern Grotto. But.......if you are staying in the area, it appeared that there were numerous things you can do here. Boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, etc. Looks ...  more »
  • Loved taking a boat trip to this park. Nice walkways, waterfalls and all around fun place to go. Just walk around and take in the sights and relax.  more »