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Pu'ukohala Heiau & Kamehameha I

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Pu'ukohala - Huna Kalani Excursion

Pu'ukohala Heiau is in South Kohala, overlooking the Maui Straits. It was started in 1790 by Kamehameha I, after the death of Captain Cook at Kealakekua Bay. A most impressive place to visit, Puukohala has been partly restored and is kapu (sacred) as it is still used by native Hawaiians for their rituals.

Pu'ukohala (hill of the whale) heiau was built to help Chief Kamehameha shape the future of Hawaii. Kamehameha built this luakini heiau (many graves temple - people were sacrificed there) on the advice of kahuna Kapoukahi. The kahuna told Kamehameha that if he built a temple dedicated to his family war god Ku-ka'ilimoku (Ku taker of islands), then he, Kamehameha, could conquer and rule all the Hawaiian islands as their first ali'i nui ... supreme chief of all Hawai'i.

Puukohala Heiau

Painting by Herb Kane

When rival chiefs learned about the temple's construction, they attacked Kamehameha, perhaps hoping to eliminate him and his army, or at least to interfere with the rituals and displease the war god Kukailimoku. The chiefs sailed their armies to Kohala, where Kamehameha defeated them, and completed building his war temple at Pu'ukohala.

When the heiau was completed, it measured 100 by 224 feet (30 x 70 meters). The  prophecy required that a high chief be sacrificed there, so Kamehameha invited his cousin Chief Keoua to the dedication. When Keoua arrived they were attacked; Keoua and most of his men were killed. The body of Chief Keoua was offered as sacrifice to the god Kukailimoku.

Puukohala Heiau

Painting by Herb Kane

This sacrifice was observed by a British sailor, John Young, who became Kamehameha's military advisor. John Young's house was built just below the Puukohala temple.

Chief Keoua's death was the end of opposition to Kamehameha on the Big Island of Hawaii. By 1810, Kamehameha had become the first king of all Hawaii. Kamehameha died in Kailua-Kona in 1819, and his grave remains kapu - a hidden secret.

The completion of Pu'ukohala in 1791 marked the the end of old Hawaii. With the help of foreign guns, cannon and ships, Kamehameha unified the islands in 1810. But Kamehemeha's descendents would only rule Hawaii for 83 years - Hawaii was illegally annexed by the American military in 1893. Pu'ukohala was designated as a national park in 1972.

Public Law 92-388

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that in order to restore and preserve in public ownership the historically significant temple associated with Kamehameha the Great, who founded the historic Kingdom of Hawaii, and the property of John Young who fought for Kamehameha the Great during the period of his ascendancy to power, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to acquire, by donation or purchase with donated funds, such lands and interests in lands, together with structures and improvements thereon, not to exceed one hundred acres, in the vicinity of Kawaihae, Hawaii, as generally depicted on a map entitled `Boundary Map, [ Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site ] Pu'ukohola.AE8 Heiau National Historic Site,' numbered NHS-PK 20,002, dated February 1970, which shall be off file and available for public inspection in the offices of the National Park Service, Washington, District of Columbia. The Secretary of the Interior may from time to time revise the boundaries of the proposed historic site, but the total acreage of the site shall not exceed one hundred acres.

Luakini Heiau & Human Sacrifice

Luakini heiau were usually the largest and most elaborate Hawaiian temples. They were temples of ruling chiefs, dedicated to Ku as a patron of power, politics and war. Sacrifices were offered at the luakini altar by the Mu (a sort-of police chief), as the Hawaiians believed that god-spirits must be fed or they would leave. When a chief or kahuna deemed that a human sacrifice was needed, the Mu would seek victims.

The victim's rank was important. A chief or a warrior killed in battle was considered a better sacrifice than a criminal or a slave. Sacrificial victims were normally healthy men, who were often drowned to avoid disfiguring their bodies. As a chief could order human sacrifice, a chief was sometimes called a shark that travels on land, as Mary Pukui reported in 'Olelo No'eau: Hawaiian Proverbs, in 1983.


Kamehameha was born near the ancient Mo'okini heiau, in North Kohala. As a young chief, Kamehameha was at Kealakekua Bay during the Lono makahiki festival when Captain Cook sailed into Hawaiian history, Hawaiian godhood and to a Hawaiian grave. And that's another story.

Hawaiian Spirituality . Aumakua . Awaiku

King Kamehameha I conquered the islands and created a unified kingdom founded on the ancient kapu (taboo) system. However, the arrival of foreigners, with their diseases of the body, mind and spirit would soon transform his beloved Hawaii into fruit farms and tourist resorts.

Many of King Kamehameha's sacred places are now sites for hotels and condominiums (e.g. the Kamehameha Hotel in Kailua-Kona), and the few native Hawaiians still in Hawaii often are often treated poorly by their ha'ole neighbors.

King Kamehameha (Old Prints)

King Kamehameha defended the islands against invading Russian forces in 1816 and 1817 - but he could not defend against Western diseases. Hawaiians were an isolated people and vulnerable. Smallpox, measles, leprosy, whooping cough, influenza and gonorrhea devastated the native Hawaii population. By 1920, pure Hawaiian people had diminished from over 500,000 to under 24,000. Some called it progress.

Pronounce Kamehameha with strong H sounds ... ka meamea means the "thingy"

The invading haole imported foreign labor, mostly from China, Japan, the Philippines and Portugal. In 1893, when the American military illegally overthrew the Hawaiian Monarchy, and imprisoned Queen Liliuokalani, even the Hawaiian crown lands were lost. Reaction against the illegal overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and the confiscation of crown lands by the American government form a moral basis for the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement.

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Ho'oponopono, kala and Hawaiian healing

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Visit special and sacred places in the Kona, Kohala and Kau districts of Hawaii.


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Aumakua initiation Kumulipo initiation Hakalau initiation Awaiku initiation Milu initiation

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