Poli’ahu Heiau

Explore Poli’ahu Heiau in Kauai, Hawaii’s Wailua River State Park, a historic site connected to mythical menehune & war god Ku. Marvel at Opaeka’a Falls.

Poli'ahu Heiau is a Heritage Site located in the city of Kapaa on Kauai, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Poli’ahu Heiau


  • Overview: Discover the ancient Poli’ahu Heiau, a captivating historical site nestled in Kapaa on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii. Located within the Wailua River State Park, this intriguing heiau offers a glimpse into Hawaii’s rich cultural past.
  • Highlights: Poli’ahu Heiau stands out among other sites in Kauai due to its impressive size and complexity, as well as its connection to the legendary menehune, the mythical little people of Hawaii.
  • Activities: While visiting Poli’ahu Heiau, explore the surrounding Wailua River State Park, take in the breathtaking views of Opaeka’a Falls, and immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of this sacred site.
  • Information: Poli’ahu Heiau is open year-round and accessible during daylight hours. There is no entrance fee for the site, but donations are appreciated. The best time to visit is during the early morning or late afternoon when the crowds are smaller and the temperature is cooler.
  • History & Significance: Poli’ahu Heiau is believed to have been in use during the 1600s and 1700s, but its exact age remains unknown. As a luakini heiau, it was dedicated to the war god Ku and may have involved human sacrifices and offerings of fish and other animals.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to Poli’ahu Heiau, remember to respect the sacred nature of the site by staying away from the center of the heiau, which is off-limits (kapu). Additionally, consider hiring a local guide to provide a deeper understanding of the heiau’s history and cultural significance.

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