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September 20, 2008
From journal Sights and Shops to Visit on the Big Island
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills), California
January 25, 2005
Go to: http://www.nps.gov/puhe/ for detailed info.
From journal One Week Around The Big Island
Saint Paul, Minnesota
May 21, 2003
The name means "Hill of the Whale" and the heiau was built to fullfil a prophesy that Kamehameha would conquer Hawai'i if he built it. Its stones came from the Pololu Valley 14 miles away and were passed hand to hand by a massive work force (thousands of "volunteers"). Tough duty! These hardy souls worked without gloves or shoes, and any stone dropped lay where it fell - worthless!
The temple itself is kapu (entry forbidden), but the ranger station has a display of the ceremonial structures which the temple housed when it was in use. These structures were visible only to the chosen few, since the high stonework on the north, south and east side hid them from outside view. The west side was open, but too high above the coast for the inside to be viewed from land.
Keli'imaika'i, Kamehameha's high born brother, presided over the construction but was prohibited from physical work - so that one ali'i (member of the nobility) should remain pure. The story goes that when he picked up one of the stones, Kamahameha had the stone carried to sea in a canoe and dropped overboard out of sight of land.
In those days, life in paradise had its rough side!
And one of the royal pastimes was riding a holua sled down a steep leaf covered stone raceway and into the ocean. One such sled is on display at the Hulihe'e Palace in Kona. Its wood frame is less than body width. Talk about macho!
From journal Big Island Attractions