Southeast between the South Shore and East Side. Site of the island's
gateway city of Lihue, county seat of Kauai overlooking Kalapaki Bay. Although a blend of resort
amenities, the feeling is still that of a sugar town.
SITES: SACRED & HISTORICAL
VISITING A HEIAU
(See also Museums / Galleries)
You are invited to visit the traditional Hawaiian religious sites listed in this website. However,
you are asked to remember that these are religious sites which are still sacred to the Hawaiian
people. As historic sites, these places are also fragile and subject to damage and collapse. Please
visit with respect and care for these important places.
- View the heiau from the exterior. Please do not climb on or over the
rock walls. The stacked roof is unstable and may collapse.
- It is unlawful to take, excavate, destroy, or alter any historic site
on state land. Any person who violates this law is subject to a fine of $10,000 (HRS Chapter
- Wrapping a rock in a ti leaf is not a traditional offering. This damages
the plants and the integrity of the heiau structure.
- Offerings of coins, candles, incense and similar items cause long-term
The historic sites of Hawaii are unique resources that are fragile and
cannot be replaced. Please help us protect Hawaii's past for the future.
ALEKOKO (MENEHUNE FISHPOND) OVERLOOK
From Lihue, follow Rice Street which becomes Waapa Road (Hwy 51) toward Nawiliwili Harbor. At
the junction with Nawiliwili Road (Hwy 58), take Nawiliwili Road toward the bay to Niumalu Road.
Turn left and go to Hulemalu Road Lookout.
A 900-foot fishpond said to be the handiwork of the mythical menehunes (Hawaiian elves)
who built it in one night 1,000 years ago. Great view of Nawiliwili Harbor and mountains. Interesting
site with interpretive signs constructed, in part, by high school students.
GROVE FARM MUSEUM
P. O. Box 1631
Lihue, HI 96766
Tel. (808) 245-3202
The oldest, intact sugar plantation center of operations in Hawaii acquired in 1864 by
George Wilcox, the son of missionary teachers. Original buildings and furnishings preserving
the life style of the sugar plantation from the period 1864-1978. Guided tours by reservation
only. $10 requested donation for adults and $5 for children 5-12 years old. Listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
LIHUE LUTHERAN CHURCH
4602 Hoomana Road
Lihue, HI 96766
Tel. (808) 245-2145
Hawaii's oldest Lutheran church - started in June 1881 by German immigrants who came to
work at the Lihue Sugar Plantation. Their long experience on board ship was reflected in the
architecture of the church. The floor slants like the deck of a ship; the balcony is the Captain's
Bridge; the ceiling is like the bottom of the ship; the lights are ship lanterns; the pulpit,