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Southeast between the South Shore and East Side. Site of the island's gateway city of Lihue, county seat of Kauai overlooking Kalapaki Bay. Although a blend of resort amenities, the feeling is still that of a sugar town.

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You are invited to visit the traditional Hawaiian religious sites listed in this website. However, you are asked to remember that these are religious sites which are still sacred to the Hawaiian people. As historic sites, these places are also fragile and subject to damage and collapse. Please visit with respect and care for these important places.

  • View the heiau from the exterior. Please do not climb on or over the rock walls. The stacked roof is unstable and may collapse.
  • It is unlawful to take, excavate, destroy, or alter any historic site on state land. Any person who violates this law is subject to a fine of $10,000 (HRS Chapter 6E-11)
  • Wrapping a rock in a ti leaf is not a traditional offering. This damages the plants and the integrity of the heiau structure.
  • Offerings of coins, candles, incense and similar items cause long-term damage.

The historic sites of Hawaii are unique resources that are fragile and cannot be replaced. Please help us protect Hawaii's past for the future.

From Lihue, follow Rice Street which becomes Waapa Road (Hwy 51) toward Nawiliwili Harbor. At the junction with Nawiliwili Road (Hwy 58), take Nawiliwili Road toward the bay to Niumalu Road. Turn left and go to Hulemalu Road Lookout.
A 900-foot fishpond said to be the handiwork of the mythical menehunes (Hawaiian elves) who built it in one night 1,000 years ago. Great view of Nawiliwili Harbor and mountains. Interesting site with interpretive signs constructed, in part, by high school students.

P. O. Box 1631
Lihue, HI 96766
Tel. (808) 245-3202
The oldest, intact sugar plantation center of operations in Hawaii acquired in 1864 by George Wilcox, the son of missionary teachers. Original buildings and furnishings preserving the life style of the sugar plantation from the period 1864-1978. Guided tours by reservation only. $10 requested donation for adults and $5 for children 5-12 years old. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

4602 Hoomana Road
Lihue, HI 96766
Tel. (808) 245-2145
Hawaii's oldest Lutheran church - started in June 1881 by German immigrants who came to work at the Lihue Sugar Plantation. Their long experience on board ship was reflected in the architecture of the church. The floor slants like the deck of a ship; the balcony is the Captain's Bridge; the ceiling is like the bottom of the ship; the lights are ship lanterns; the pulpit, the Forecastle.

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