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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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  • Float this river if you do nothing else, the sights smells and sounds will fill your memory banks. You will thank yourself for years to come.  more »
  • Today we had a glimpse of the river from the observation deck. This river is really beautiful. There is a place where you can rent kayaks and go along the river. I strongly recommend this place to any...  more »
  • I really enjoy kayaking on the river.... it's a good full day trip. you can rent kayaks at the village, and explore the river, or just relax, and explore the village... there are many different types of activities in this area. there is a waterfall Wailua falls just before the village equipped with bathrooms, and great views of the waterfall, and the Wailua river there is a way to hike to the bottom of the river as well. if you decide to go kayaking you can hike into another water fall secret falls. it's a little over a mile hike from the river on a muddy trail, but worth the hike. there is also a beautiful fern grotto path you can hike on just down the river a bit. if you are handicapped or just don't want to kayak in there is a large boat that takes you directly up the river to the fern grottoes concrete pathway.................
  • Lovely drive up to the canyon, stopped at the waterfalls. Lots of people very busy but well worth the stop. Locals with handmade goods for sale.

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