Book Passage to the Fern GrottoKaua‘i

The FERN GROTTO, known to the ancients as Ma‘ama‘akualono, is a lovely spot at the base of MAUNA KAPU (Forbidden Mountain). Draped in long sword ferns that hang upside down from the roof of the cave, it is known for its excellent acoustics. “The Hawaiian Wedding Song,” a traditional Hawaiian ballad, has been performed thousands of times at ceremonies in the grotto.

For more than 50 years, the Smith family has been taking folks up the river to the grotto. Aboard riverboats, which look like barges with canopies, the crew entertains passengers with music, hula and LEGENDS of the Wailua area.

The inexpensive tours are conducted daily and originate at WAILUA MARINA STATE PARK just outside of KAPA‘A.