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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 October 22, 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 csarchibald
Reviewed October 7, 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
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Reviewed September 9, 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
Thank EmBentley
Reviewed July 24, 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 July 9, 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
Thank moodblu
Reviewed July 9, 2018

We stopped by the Polihau look out to view the Wailua River. Beautiful green scenery. Lovely river. Quick stop for pictures. Chickens everywhere!!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank MurfeeW
Reviewed June 21, 2018

Went to Wailua River to paddleboard in June 2018, but there were also speedboats, canoes, and kayaks on the river enjoying the hot sunny day. Smith's also has a river tour you can take which is 2 hours and takes you to fern grotto.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank mariedesjardins
Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

Kayaked the river today. Used a self-guided company and all was fine, felt very safe. River was easy to navigate (in sunny weather). Took one hour to go one way and dock the kayaks and start the hike to Secret Falls. Hike to falls took...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Max W
Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

This is another stop, and only takes about 5 minutes to view. Worth stopping. There is the river to view from high above. Then cross the road to see the waterfall.

Date of experience: May 2018
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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
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