puuhonua of Pakaalana was 300 feet to the southwest
of Honuaula Heiau
..There are many references to
this famous place
[Fornander tells us:
of its [Waipio] great heiau were the most sacred on
Hawaii, and remained so until the destruction of the heiau
and the spoliation of all the royal associations in the valley
of Waipio by Kaeokulani, king of Kauai, and confederate
of Kahekili, king of Maui, in the war upon Kamehemeha I, in
was a large enclosure, less extensive, however, than that
.In the midst of the enclosure, under a wide-spreading
pandanus, was a small house, called Ke Hale o Riroa (The House
of Riroa), from the circumstance of its containing the bones
of a king of that name
..We tried, but could not gain
admittance to the pahu tabu, or sacred enclosure. We also
endeavored to obtain a sight of the bones of Riroa, but the
man who had charge of the house told us we must offer a hog
before we could be admitted
the corpses of those slain in battle were offered up in the
heiau of Honuaula in Waipio
laid the victims on the altar in the heiauthe bodies
of the fallen warriors and the chief, Hakauthe tongue
of the god came down from heaven, without the body being seen.
The tongue quivered downward to the altar, accompanied by
thunder and lightning, and took away all the sacrifices.
heiau is a small pen near the edge of the sea cliff, overlooking
the mouth of Waipio valley
.This heiau is said
to have been built by the gods and was the place
where the famous Kihapu was guarded until it was stolen by
the thief-dog, Puapualenalena
site is at the foot of the steep northwest cliff bounding
Waipio valley, 2500 feet from the sea. According to
local information, Moaula was built by Hakau but was
not dedicated at the time of Umis rebellion. After
Umi killed Hakau, he dedicated the heiau and used Hakaus
body for the first offering.
and Lalakea Fishponds
to the beach is a loko puuone, a fishpond fed by streams
and springs and separated from the ocean by a sand dune, called
spectacular double waterfall, Hiilawe, is the tallest
in the state with a vertical drop of more than 1,000 feet.
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