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Beach near Paka'alana Heiau

Paka`alana Heiau

“The pu‘uhonua of Paka‘alana was 300 feet to the southwest of Honua‘ula Heiau…..There are many references to this famous place…[Fornander tells us:…the tabus of its [Waipi‘o] 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 Waipi‘o by Kaeokulani, king of Kauai, and confederate of Kahekili, king of Maui, in the war upon Kamehemeha I, in 1791….”
Stokes, 1991

“It was a large enclosure, less extensive, however, than that at Honaunau….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”
Ellis, 1963

Honua`ula Heiau

“…all the corpses of those slain in battle were offered up in the heiau of Honua‘ula in Waipi‘o….when ‘Umi-a-Liloa laid the victims on the altar in the heiau—the bodies of the fallen warriors and the chief, Hakau—the 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.”
Kamakau, 1961


Hokuwelowelo Heiau

“The heiau is a small pen near the edge of the sea cliff, overlooking the mouth of Waipi‘o 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….”



Moa`ula Heiau

“The site is at the foot of the steep northwest cliff bounding Waipi‘o valley, 2500 feet from the sea. According to local information, Moa‘ula was built by Hakau but was not dedicated at the time of ‘Umi’s rebellion. After ‘Umi killed Hakau, he dedicated the heiau and used Hakau’s body for the first offering.”
Stokes, 1991

Muliwai and Lalakea Fishponds

“Close to the beach is a loko pu‘uone, a fishpond fed by streams and springs and separated from the ocean by a sand dune, called Lalakea.”


Hi`ilawe Falls

Hi`ilawe Falls

“A spectacular double waterfall, Hi‘ilawe, is the tallest in the state with a vertical drop of more than 1,000 feet.”
James, 1995


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