Kahanu Garden & Pi’ilanihale Heiau

National Tropical Botanical Garden and the largest heiau in Hawai'i

The Kahanu Garden is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) and showcases many native and Polynesian introduced (“canoe”) plants. Kahanu Garden is also closely connected with the history of Maui and the Hawaiian people – both from a botanical perspective, and strong historical significance of the land and heiau. Anyone interested in plants or Hawaiian culture will find a visit here a treasure trove of information. Many visitors also report feeling the immense mana of this land and heiau.

Pi’ilanihale Heiau is Hawaii’s (and maybe Polynesia’s) largest heiau. You can’t appreciate how large the structure is in photographs, but the part you see in the photo above is only the corner, and it is made of countless rocks stacked on top of one another. An amazing feat of engineering to have been constructed long ago, with limited tools.

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