The Ancient Temple Complex In Hawaii That Will Take You Back Hundreds Of Years
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 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, there is one unique destination where you’ll find not one, but four, ancient temples — as well as ancient petroglyphs, a royal birthstone, a place of refuge, and more.
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The Wailua Complex of Temples is located within Wailua River State Park at Nalu Rd., Kapaa, HI 96746. For more information, visit the National Park Service’s website.
If you’re interested in visiting another one of Hawaii’s historic heiaus, head to the largest temple of its kind on Oahu: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau.
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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