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Ili'ili'opae Heiau

Off Highway 450 East just before Mapulehu, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748
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Incredible Heipu

About a half mile walk from the road. Never have seen anything like it, it's huge, about the size... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Laura G
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Estacada, Oregon
Important archaeological site

Get a taste of ancient Hawaiian religion and sociology Although refurbished recently, this ancient... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2017
ChrisHamnett
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Melbourne
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Originally was a sight for human sacrifice.
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Off Highway 450 East just before Mapulehu, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

About a half mile walk from the road. Never have seen anything like it, it's huge, about the size of a football field with several tiers. Not a place for anyone with difficulty with balance, uneven footing to go. Read about the history first. We...More

Thank Laura G
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

Get a taste of ancient Hawaiian religion and sociology Although refurbished recently, this ancient site is worthy of recognition due to the huge effort in creating the original Myths and legends abound about priests, kahuna and human sacrifices apart it is a significant historical monument...More

Thank ChrisHamnett
Reviewed 26 September 2016

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...More

2  Thank KulaBob
Reviewed 2 April 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...More

Thank David E
Reviewed 24 March 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...More

1  Thank travelfortherapy
Reviewed 30 June 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...More

1  Thank Anne J
Reviewed 20 April 2014

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

Thank Lynn P
Reviewed 20 February 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...More

1  Thank mckParker_Co
Reviewed 13 December 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...More

2  Thank Peter F
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