The Poliahu Japanese Cemetery (also known as the Wailua Japanese Cemetery) is located on a small hill above the sign for Wailua River State Park on Kuamoo Road on Kauai. At one time the cemetery may have overlooked the Wailua River, but heavy vegetation now obscures the view. The cemetery dates back to the late 1800s when Japanese immigrants became an important part of Kauai’s sugar industry.
The cemetery is above the Holoholoku Heiau and Pohakuho Ohanau (Royal Birthstones). To visit, park in the parking area for the Holoholoku Heiau and walk up the steps behind the heiau.
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The Poliahu Japanese Cemetery is located near the mouth of the Wailua River at Wailua Beach. Nearby are the Coco Palms ruins and up the road a short distance is Opaekaa Falls.
Walk up these steps behind the heiau to visit the cemetery.