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.

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.