Alakoko Fishpond used to span 40 acres and was built inland on a river for a young Hawaiian chief. The remains are a 13 to 30-foot wall dividing the fishpond from the river. Holoholoku Heiau is believed to be the oldest temple in all of Kauai. Poliahu Heiau is located very near Opaekaa Falls featuring a large black lava rock. This used to be the personal temple of Kaumualii, the island’s last king.
More Kauai Heiaus and Foreign Temples
Hikinaakala Heiau is found in Waimea village and is one of the largest in the island. Sorcerors used to sacrifice animals and humans at the site featuring a grand view of the ocean. Howea was the main heiau in Waimea. Ancient legends say that Ola, a Hawaiian warrior whose mother was Kahapula was supposed to be sacrificed at the site. Some of the chants and religious rituals that Ola’s mother used were passed down among priests and other religious village leaders.
Kauai Soto Zen Temple is located at Hanapepe, South Kauai which is a Buddhist sacred place. Buddhism was believed to have been spread by Japanese workers who migrated to Hawaii to plant sugarcane. Other Buddhist temples still exist throughout the state. The temple is open to the public but visitors are required to remove their shoes before entering.
Aside from many Kauai heiaus, an Iravian temple also stands in the center of the 51-acre San Marga Sanctuary. This is an all-granite Hindu religious site situated by the Wailua River and at the foot of Mt. Waialeale. Hawaiians consider the location as holy and believe that it is 1 of the 7 ancient temples that descended to the Pacific Ocean from Waialeale.