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North between the West Side and the East Side. A magical 30 mile long haven containing the idyllic tropical paradise of Hanalei Bay and Valley and the rugged Na Pali Coastline. A living "movie set" where lushness takes on a whole new meaning.

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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.

Highway 56, past Haena Village.
(North Shore)
Maniniholo Dry Cave: Ancient sea cave. This is a dry cave without water. Caution, unsafe swimming due to strong riptide.

End of Kuhio Highway (Hwy 56), Haena.
(North Shore)
Scenic wildland park offering spectacular views of Na Pali Coast, swimming at Kee Beach, and includes:

  • Waikanaloa And Waikapalae Wet Caves:    Ancient sea caves formed during a higher stand of the sea, probably 4,000 years ago. Legend has it that they were dug by Pele, the Fire Goddess, when she was on Kauai. The water in the caves fluctuates with the tides and swimming is not permitted.

  • Kauluapaoa Heiau And Keahualaka Platform:    Located at Kee at end of Kuhio Highway; access along shoreline trail from Kee Beach. These adjacent sites are both associated with the traditions of hula and the legends of Pele, her sister Hiiaka, and her lover Lohiau. Breathtaking views including offshore Lehua Island.

Just past the Princeville turn off on Highway 56 (Kuhio Hwy), Hanalei.
(North Shore)
Beautiful sweeping vistas of Hanalei Valley and the sea, especially at sunset. A National Wildlife Refuge for endangered waterfowl - where most of the taro in Hawaii is grown. On July 30, 1998, the Hanalei River which starts high on the slopes of Mount Waialeale and flows over 16 miles through Hanalei Valley to Hanalei Bay, was designated as an American Heritage River, one of only 14 rivers nationwide selected to receive this classification.

P. O. Box 427
Hanalei, HI 96714
(North Shore)
Tel. (808) 651-3399
The only remaining rice mill in Hawaii located within a National Wildlife Refuge in Hanalei Valley, usually not accessible to the public. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and dating back to the late 1880s. Learn about Hawaii's agriculture and cultural history, view endangered native waterbirds, and explore the cultivation and uses of taro, a traditional Polynesian food source. Guided public tours (fee/reservation required) and free school tours available.


Haena, HI
(North Shore)
Tel. (808) 826-1053
The National Tropical Botanical Garden is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical plant diversity, particularly rare and endangered species. The NTBG includes four gardens and three preserves in Hawaii and one in south Florida. One of the four gardens in Hawaii is on Maui and three are on Kauai. NTBG literature provides the following overview of its Limahuli Garden and Preserve on Kauai. For more information, please visit the NTBG website: "Backdropped by towering peaks sculpted by eons of wind and rain, tours of these lush 17 acres of garden and rain forest offer visions of natural beauty and intriguing Hawaiian culture. Walk the land where taro still thrives on ancient lava rock terraces. Learn about native plants of the Islands, the plants brought by the Polynesians, and introduced species invading Hawaii's natural habitats." Guided and Self-guided tours.

Located at the end of Princeville Road off Kuhio Highway, in front of the Princeville Resort.
(North Shore)
The fort is a reminder of Russia's short-lived adventure (1815-1817) in the Hawaiian Islands. Information is available on site. (See also Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historic Park in Waimea.)

Kolo Road
Kilauea, HI 96754
(North Shore)
Tel. (808) 828-2818
Octagonal shaped with a uniquely designed roof. Inside are murals painted by Jean Charlot, a famous island artist.

5-5393A Kuhio Highway,
Hanalei, HI 96714
(North Shore)
Tel. (808) 826-6253
The Waioli Mission was established in 1834. The mission hall is the oldest surviving church building on the Island of Kauai. The church, completed in 1912, reflects the American Gothic architectural style so popular in New England. The shingled church has a belfry tower which houses the old mission bell. Both buildings are listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Hanalei, HI 96714
Mailing address: P. O. Box 1631, Lihue, HI 96766
(North Shore)
Tel. (808) 245-3202
1837 missionary house restored in 1921. Historic house furnishings, plants and trees, traditional Hawaiian horticulture. Guided tours of a distinctive piece of Hawaiian architecture. Free admission. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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