Hikinaakala Heiau

Experience ancient Hawaiian history at Hikinaakala Heiau, Kauai. Marvel at stunning sunrises, explore sacred remains, and enjoy nearby Lydgate Beach Park.

Hikinaakala Heiau is a Heritage Site located in the city of Kapaa on Kauai, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Hikinaakala Heiau


  • Overview: Hikinaakala Heiau, an ancient sacred site in Kapaa on Kauai, Hawaii, is a must-see for visitors seeking a glimpse into Hawaiian history. Nestled within Lydgate Beach Park, this heiau offers stunning views of the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean.
  • Highlights: The main highlight of Hikinaakala Heiau is its picturesque location on Kauai’s east shore, offering breathtaking views of the sunrise. Its historical significance and connection to ancient Hawaiian culture make it a unique attraction on the island.
  • Activities: Visitors can explore the heiau’s remains, take in the serene views of the sunrise, and stroll along the nearby Lydgate Beach Park and Wailua River.
  • Information: Hikinaakala Heiau is open to the public daily, with no entrance fee required. The best time to visit is early in the morning to catch the sunrise and avoid the heat of the day. Please note that the center of the heiau is off-limits (kapu) to respect its sacred nature.
  • History & Significance: Believed to have been built as early as the 1300s, Hikinaakala Heiau was once an important site for ancient Hawaiians, who celebrated the dawn with chants and prayers. The heiau’s original walls were up to 6 feet high and 11 feet wide, but only the foundation stones remain today.
  • Tips & Insights: To enhance your experience at Hikinaakala Heiau, arrive early to witness the sunrise and bring a camera to capture the moment. Be respectful of the site’s cultural and historical significance by staying away from the off-limits areas and leaving no trace behind.

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