The Wailua River flows to the Pacific Ocean, creating a natural playground that was claimed as a sacred site for the Ancient Hawiians. Today, Lydgate Beach Park provides recreational facilities while caring for the heiau ruins.
|The surf keeps rolling in ...|
|... to the golden sands of Kaua'i.|
From the Wailua Heritage Trail (at this link),
On the southern banks near the Wailua river mouth is Hauola —a place long associated with the traditional practices of health and healing. The adjacent Hikinaakala Heiau served as a place to worship the akala (sun).
It is said that the entirety of Wailuanuiaho`ano was a pu`uhonua or sanctuary of peace and safety.
|The trail follows the river up country ...|
|.... to land that Hawaiians revered.|
Above are the 'Opaeka 'a Falls. From the Wailua Heritage Trail at this link,
`Opaekala`ole are native fresh water shrimp that were once plentiful in the mountain streams throughout Kaua`i. Kamokila and Kawelowai were giant mo`o or lizard `aumakua—spirit guardians that watched over the fresh water and land resources of Wailua.
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Kim in Hawaii
|Near the river is Birthing Stones |
where ali'i (royal) women gave birth.
It doesn't look too comfortable.