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! 

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