Pi’ilanihale Heiau

Explore Pi’ilanihale Heiau, Hawaii’s largest ancient temple in lush Kahanu Garden, Maui. Uncover its history, marvel at unique architecture, and enjoy scenic surroundings.

Pi'ilanihale Heiau is a Heritage Site located in the city of Hana on Maui, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Pi’ilanihale Heiau

  • Overview: Pi’ilanihale Heiau, situated in Hana on Maui, Hawaii, is the largest heiau in the state, offering visitors a unique glimpse into ancient Hawaiian culture. This must-see attraction is nestled within the lush Kahanu Garden, part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.
  • Highlights: The sheer size and unique construction of Pi’ilanihale Heiau set it apart from other sites in Maui. Its massive stone platform, measuring over 415 feet in length and 340 feet in width, features a 50-foot high northern wall with five steep, terraced steps.
  • Activities: Visitors to Pi’ilanihale Heiau can enjoy guided or self-guided tours of Kahanu Garden, where they can explore the heiau, as well as the diverse plant life and serene surroundings. Photography enthusiasts will also appreciate the picturesque setting for capturing stunning images.
  • Information: Kahanu Garden is open for self-guided tours Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Guided tours are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10 am and 12 pm. Admission fees are $10 for adults (13 yrs. and above) for self-guided tours and $25 for guided tours, while children 12 yrs. and under can enter for free.
  • History & Significance: Pi’ilanihale Heiau’s history is shrouded in mystery, but it is believed to have been built by a Hana chief in the late 13th century. The heiau was later rededicated by Chief Pi’ilani in the 16th century when he united all of Maui, and its name translates to “house of Pi’ilani” in Hawaiian.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to Pi’ilanihale Heiau, consider joining a guided tour to gain deeper insights into the history and significance of the site. Also, wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen, as the area can be sunny and warm. Lastly, remember that entry to the heiau itself is not permitted, so visitors must view it from a distance.

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