Hawai'i Trip - [Hawaiian Culture]

This page contains pictures of some of the Hawaiian culture we encountered on the trip. The pictures range from signs to heiau (temples).

The Heiau are interesting in that alot of them were used for human sacrificing. One such, called Mo'okini Heiau, was one of the first to use the concept, which was brought to the island from Tahiti by a priest named Pa'ao.

A famous heiau shown below (Pu'ukohola) was built by hand using rocks from the Polohu Valley. These rocks were carried by a 40 mile human chain of islanders, who handed the rocks all the way from the north side of the island to the heiau for construction.

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The 'Ahu'ena Heiau near the King Kamehameha Kona Beach resort. The famous Pu'ukohola Heiau located near the port town of Kawaihee. A sign that talks about the various Petroglyphs found on the island.
The 'Ahu'ena Heiau near the King Kamehameha Kona Beach resort. The famous Pu'ukohola Heiau located near the port town of Kawaihee. A sign that talks about the various Petroglyphs found on the island.
An example of a Petroglyph outlined with rock. Another sign describing the various House Platforms and Shrines located on the premises. A picture of one of the House Platforms near the resort.
An example of a Petroglyph outlined with rock. Another sign describing the various House Platforms and Shrines located on the premises. A picture of one of the House Platforms near the resort.
An alter, called a Lele Ho'okau, located on the Ku'emanu Heiau. Lastly, the Kapu sign that describes the word.
An alter, called a Lele Ho'okau, located on the Ku'emanu Heiau. Lastly, the Kapu sign that describes the word.