Stone Dam: One of Kilauea’s Best Kept Secrets

Located on the Mauka side of Kuhio Highway in Kilauea is the Stone Dam. Built in 1880, the Dam was originally used as a water source for sugar cane production. In the next 135 years, ownership of the property where the dam resides changed several times.

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Currently the Dam is within Wai Koa Plantation, a 500-acre mahogany wood forest (the largest in the United States), funded and created by Bill and Joan Porter. In 2010, the Porter’s opened the “Wai Koa Loop Trail,” a 5-mile trek throughout their plantation, which ultimately leads you to the iconic Stone Dam.


Although the Stone Dam is one of the picturesque landmarks within Kilauea, it is not as well known as other landmarks on Kauai. Even now, not many people even know it exists. It is truly one of the North Shore’s best kept secrets.

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Liani Suniga

June 27, 2017

I’m so excited coming to see it this weekend. I’ve lived her 17 years and never enjoyed its beauty. I’m looking forward to it. Are you open on Sundays?


May 26, 2018

Someone told me the Stone Dam is closed now??? Please say it isn’t so..that is one of the most beautiful places on the island…

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