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Highway 56, Wailua, Kauai, HI
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A wonderful place to go and take in the beauty and history of Kauai. There are spiritual sites from Poli'ahu Heiau to Luakini Heiau. Wailua and Waimea were two royal centers on Kauai prior to Western contact. You will want to go see the majesty...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank joyousfam_27
Reviewed 13 January 2019

with or without a guide you and your family and friends will never regret taking the time to do this.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Alaskatreehouse
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

This trip takes you up a river to a place where a groto was but has partial fell in but still very beautiful with all the different flowers around.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bigdog650
Reviewed 13 December 2018

Such a beautiful overlook. Really only takes a few minutes but certainly worth a stop. This is the only navigable river in Hawaii.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Encantadaguesthouse
Reviewed 30 November 2018

Apparently Wailua River State Park is quite big with many places to get through. Particularly we were going to check out Lydgate State Park and saw that Hikinaakala Heiau was right beside. We like our history and to see these sacred grounds was informative and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lisa Y
Reviewed 23 October 2018

The Wailua River State Park incorporates more than just the river, There are viewpoints, Ancient Ruins, the Marina, the Fern Grotto and Kamakilo Hawaiian Village. If you have the time to explore them all it is worthwhile. The river is peaceful and is officially the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Colin A
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Great place to spend time kayaking or paddleboarding. Watch out for the wakeboarders though.... Lovely views from the lookout.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Pole2Pole_Images
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Beautiful place for a short stop all the way up to a full day. There are a couple great overlooks to stop at, as well as the traditional Hawaiian village, kayaking, hikes and more. Just be prepared for getting wet! The weather here is quite...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank EmBentley
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

After viewing the Wailua Falls, we drive to the State Park area to get a better look at the large river. It was a worthwhile trip, and we learned a lot of history about the area, including the “fish ponds” from years ago used by...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank thaward
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We stopped at the Wailua River State Park above the Wailua River. We took pictures and read the information about the Poliahu Heiau located there. This is a historic sacred site of the native Hawaiians. There is a good sized parking lot and picnic tables....More

Date of experience: May 2018
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2 February 2017|
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Hello: Depending on speed and physical endurance, it takes 1 1/2 - 3 hours. The river does get treacherous and you can get yourself killed. I took a guided trip on the river and our guide shouted at a couple who was going by... More