The Largest Temple In All Of Polynesia Is Found Right Here In Hawaii At The Piʻilanihale Heiau
Ancient Hawaiian temples, or heiaus, were built for many reasons, including the treatment of the sick, offering of the first fruits, to start and stop the rain, to increase the population, achieve success in distant voyaging, ensure a nation’s health, or reach peace, for example. You’ll find the remnants of these temples across the Hawaiian Islands, and while all are sacred, the Pi’ilanihale Heiau is the largest in Polynesia.
The Pi’ilanihale Heiau is tucked away inside Kahuna Gardens and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are closed Sundays. For more information, head on over to the National Park Service website. Have you experienced this unique slice of history for yourself yet? If so, share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
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