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Address: Off Highway 450 East just before Mapulehu, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748

Originally was a sight for human sacrifice.

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This Is About History Not Scenery

Sadly, the tour guides don't do this site justice. Perhaps they give the short version to protect their culture, but regardless visitors deserve to know the true significance of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sadly, the tour guides don't do this site justice. Perhaps they give the short version to protect their culture, but regardless visitors deserve to know the true significance of the Ili'Ili'opae Heieau. First, the name Ili'Ili'opae means rolling shrimp in Hawaiian. That's a reference to the fast moving stream cutting through the grounds and the inhabitants therein. Heiau means temple.... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2016

We were driving out East one day while on Moloka‘i and I heard that there was a really large heiau out there that was worth seeing. It is not heavily publicized, but I love seeing things of Hawaiian cultural importance. First of all, the heiau is not accessible by car, not visible from the highway, and may be a bit... More 

Thank David E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

The largest heiau in Hawaii, the site of human sacrifice (men only, women were not allowed). A beautiful almost half mile walk from the main road by mile marker 16. Signs point the way. Not safe to cross the stream bed in the rain. Hike to the top of the hill on the right of the heiau for awesome views... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2014

Went on a nature tour yesterday and this was one of the stops. It is literally right off a busy road. The tour driver just parked on the side of the road and told us all to get out. You walk down a short path and then take a right. There is a huge pile of black rocks. Our tour... More 

1 Thank Anne J
Fort St. John, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

Stumbled across this little gem sort of hidden away but a must do Not really listed anywhere as a spot to go see, follow the directions on prior post and can't go wrong

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

We love Moloka'i, and everytime we go there, we try to find something new that we haven't done. On the east, jungly side of the island, just before one reaches Mana'e Goodz n' Grindz(the convenience store) coming from Kaunakakai, on the left hand side, just before a short bridge, is the entrance. It's a fenced dirt road with a little... More 

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Bowen Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

Just a few hundreds yards off the main road near mile 16, but discretely signed and easily missed. It is HUGE! Easily football field sized or bigger, and layered so much is unseen beneath the vegetation. Nobody here- magical to have the place to ourselves and consider thelong, sometimes violent history of the place. We saw two owls, apparently a... More 

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