Pohaku Ho’ohanau (Royal Birthstones)

Explore Pohaku Ho’ohanau, Kauai’s sacred royal birthplace, uncover ancient Hawaiian history, and stroll through lush Wailua River State Park.

Pohaku Ho'ohanau (Royal Birthstones) is a Heritage Site located in the city of Kapaa on Kauai, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Pohaku Ho’ohanau (Royal Birthstones)

  • Overview: Pohaku Ho’ohanau (Royal Birthstones) is a sacred Hawaiian site located in Kapaa on the beautiful island of Kauai. Steeped in ancient history and tradition, this must-see attraction offers visitors a unique glimpse into the royal heritage of Kauai.
  • Highlights: The main highlight of Pohaku Ho’ohanau is its significance as the birthplace of all Kauaiian kings, making it an essential site for understanding the island’s rich history and the role of royalty in ancient Hawaiian culture.
  • Activities: Visitors to Pohaku Ho’ohanau can explore the site and learn about its fascinating history through interpretive signs, take a peaceful walk through the nearby Wailua River State Park, and climb the stairs leading to an old cemetery dating back to around 1890.
  • Information: Pohaku Ho’ohanau (Royal Birthstones) is located within Wailua River State Park, which is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no entrance fee for the park or the site. The best time to visit is during the early morning or late afternoon when the weather is cooler and the site is less crowded.
  • History & Significance: Pohaku Ho’ohanau was used by Kauai’s royalty for the birth of their children, with the mother-to-be leaning against a stone while giving birth. The site’s significance is further emphasized by the presence of the adjacent Holoholoku Heiau, an ancient Hawaiian temple.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to Pohaku Ho’ohanau, consider hiring a local guide who can provide in-depth knowledge about the site’s history and cultural importance. Additionally, be respectful of the sacred nature of the site by not touching or disturbing the stones, and remember to wear comfortable shoes for walking and exploring the area.

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