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Near Waimea in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Pu'ukohlā Heiau

 
 
Pu'ukohlā Heiau Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2017
1. Pu'ukohlā Heiau Marker
Captions: (left) Pu'ukeholā Heiau as it may have appeared around 1800. The heiau contained thatched structures, an altar for offerings, and wooden images of gods.; (top right) Building Pu'ukeholā Heiau Historians believe that thousands of workers formed a human chain from as far as Pololo Valley, thirty miles away to hand pass rocks for the heiau.
Inscription.  Build a heiau on Pu'ukoholā, the "hill of the whale," dedicate it to your war god, and you will achieve your dream - you will rule the islands. Responding to this prophecy told by Kapoykahi, a famous seer, Kamehameha built the heiau (temple) that stands before you.
Work began in 1790. Workers carefully set tons of water worn lava rock in place without mortar. Kamehameha labored with them. Only his brother was excused because he would preside over dedication rituals upon Pu'ukeholā Heiau and had to remain ceremonially clean. To please the war god, the heiau had to be ritually perfect.
By the summer of 1791, the heiau was complete. Soon Kamehameha ruled Hawai'i, then Maui, Lāna'i, Moloka'i, and O'ahu. When he added Kaua'i through peaceful negotiations in 1810, the prophecy was fulfilled - Kamehameha the Great ruled all of the Hawaiian Islands.

Pu'ukeholā Heiau still holds great significance to many native Hawaiians. To respect their traditions, and to protect the structure, the heiau is closed to the general public. Only native Hawaiians exercising traditional
Pu'ukohlā Heiau and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2017
2. Pu'ukohlā Heiau and Marker
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Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1790.
 
Location. 20° 1.639′ N, 155° 49.326′ W. Marker is near Waimea, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker can be reached from Kawaihae Road near Kawaihae Harbor (Hawaii Route 270), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 62-3601 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela HI 96743, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mailekini Heiau (within shouting distance of this marker); Pu'ukoholā Heiau (within shouting distance of this marker); Pu'ukohola Heiau (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hale o Kapuni Heiau (about 300 feet away); Pelekane (about 400 feet away); Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (about 700 feet away); Camp Henry C. Drewes (approx. 2˝ miles away); Puakō Petroglyph Archaeological District (approx. 5˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waimea.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on the trail at Pu'ukohlā Heiau Nationsl Historic Site.
 
Pu'ukohlā Heiau image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2017
3. Pu'ukohlā Heiau
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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