Wailua River State Park
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|Wailua River State Park is Kaua‘i’s most visited State Park, with more than 1 million people visiting each year.
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| Holoholoku Heiau is located on the south side of Kuamo‘o Road (Hwy.
580), just off the main highway. Said to be one of Kaua‘i’s oldest
heiau. Holoholoku is relatively small, measuring about 20 feet by 40
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Holoholoku Heiau was a luakini, where human sacrifices were performed.
| A stairway near the heiau climbs to the top of a small hill
overlooking the Wailua river. On this mound are dozens of Japanese
gravesites, some marked with lava-rock gravestones.
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| A birthstone is where ancient ali‘i
(Hawaiian royalty) gave birth. Another rock on the site has a plaque that reads
“Pohaku Piko” and this p?haku (stone) was where the baby’s umbilical cord was left to ensure the child’s health.
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|This majestic, 80-foot tiered waterfall is located close to the roadside lookout for everyone to enjoy. The falls was made famous when it was featured in the opening scene of the popular television show, Fantasy Island.||Click for Wailua Falls VR|
| The name “Opaekaa” means “rolling shrimp” in the Hawaiian language. The waterfall was named after the shrimp that were once in abundance in its stream and pool.
If you walk uphill and across the road, you'll see good views of Wailua River.
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This fall cannot be accessed by river
| Smith’s Motor Boat Service,
Wai‘ale‘ale Boat Tours,
808-822-4908; Tours leave every half hour, 9-3 except noon, no reservations required.
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|During the two mile river journey, you’ll hear songs and stories of ancient Hawaiia and In addition, guests enjoy learning the hula during a lesson provided by a young hula dancer. Everyone gets into the act during the river cruise!
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|Wailua River State Park - Fern Grotto Area and Boat access||Click for VR|
|At the Fern Grotto landing, you’ll enjoy a short nature walk through the rainforest to the lush Fern Grotto.
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|The Fern Grotto is a geological wonder of Kauai. Ferns grow upside down
from the roof of the grotto, which was formed millions of years ago. Native Hawaiian plants and colorful exotic tropical plants provide a rainforest atmosphere.
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| The Grotto and nearby Paradise Gardens are a popular place for wedding ceremonies. Arrangements can be made with Smith's Tropical Paradise Weddings.
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| On April 24, 2006,
the Grotto was closed by the Hawaii State Department of Land and
Natural Resources for safety reasons. Heavy rains in March, 2006,
caused a number of rocks and boulders to fall from the ceiling of the
Grotto onto the viewing area below.
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