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

Hale o Kapuni Heiau

 
 
Hale o Kapuni Heiau Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2017
1. Hale o Kapuni Heiau Marker
Captions: (bottom left) 🅐 The leaning post broke into three pieces in a 1937 accident. In 1972 it was moved further inland and placed on a new foundation. 🅑 Approximate location of Hale o Kapuni Heiau. 🅒 Peninsula of coral excavated from Kawaihae Harbor, built in the late 1950s.; (top right) Kikiako'i Down the hill below you is Kikiako'i (stone leaning post) that the chief Alapa'i kūpalupalu manō is thought to have leaned against as he watched sharks circle about Hale o Kapuni Heiau before they devoured offerings he had place there.
Inscription. The submerged remains of Hale o Kapuni Heiau, a temple dedicated to shark akua (deities), are believed to lie just offshore. The heiau was built by a chief whose family revered sharks, believing that the family's 'aumākua (deified ancestors) could become physically present within sharks. A Hawaiian family often revered a specific animal species, in the belief that the spirit of a helpful ancestor might appear to them as one of that species during times of distress.
The extent, construction date, and exact location of Hale o Kapuni Heiau are unknown. It is hoped that underwater archaeology will tell us more. The National Park Service strives to protect all cultural resources, whether on land or submerged.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Location. 20° 1.666′ N, 155° 49.37′ W. Marker is near Waimea, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker can be reached from Kawaihae Road near Kawaihae Harbor Road, 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pu'ukohola Heiau (here, next to this marker); Pelekane
Hale o Kapuni Heiau Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2017
2. Hale o Kapuni Heiau Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Mailekini Heiau (within shouting distance of this marker); Pu'ukohlā Heiau (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Henry C. Drewes (approx. 2 miles away); Puakō Petroglyph Archaeological District (approx. 5.6 miles away); Ancient Foot Trail (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waimea.
 
Regarding Hale o Kapuni Heiau. This marker is located on the trail at Pu'ukeholā Heiau National Historic Site.
 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
Kikiako'i (stone leaning post) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2017
3. Kikiako'i (stone leaning post)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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