The Wailua River is sacred to Kauai. We set out to discover the several heiau (temples) along the waterway. Behind the children is the Holoholokū Heiau, the Pōhaku Hoʻohānau (birthing stone), and Pōhaku Piko (umbilical stone), where women of high rank would give birth and bury the umbilical cords.
Wailua River is a long, slowly meandering river that starts at the Wai'ale'ale Crater and is fed by several tributaries on the way to the ocean. This is the only navigable river in all of Hawaii. Several forks in the river lead to waterfalls and can be easily explored by kayak. The most popular river trip is to the sacred Fern Grotto. Flat bottom cruise boats carry visitors 40 minutes up the river to this natural wonder. At the mouth of the river are several large stones with ancient petroglyphs carvings on them. Viewing of these stones is dependant on the amount of sand in the area. Heavy rains often wash away the sand and reveal the carvings.
Kim in Hawaii
We stopped by a kayak rental facility and found a furry friend!
March Madness continues here at SOS Aloha! All commenters in March will be entered into a special drawing for prizes from RT in Chicago. 3 US, 3 Canadian, and 3 international readers will win a package with books and goodies. Comments can be made at:
- SOS Aloha, sosaloha.blogspot.com
- Aloha On My Mind, alohaonmymind.blogspot.com
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I'll post the winners of March Madness on Monday, April 2.