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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Kailua-Kona in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Kuemanu Heiau

 
 
Kuemanu Heiau Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 31, 2017
1. Kuemanu Heiau Marker
Inscription. In the past, Hawaiian religious practices included the worship of many gods, both through individual and family rituals at small shrines and through larger community ceremonies at heiau (temples) such as this one. In 1819, King Kamehameha II renounced the traditional Hawaiian religion and the wooden god images, thatched houses and other perishable structures that once stood on the stone heiau foundations were destroyed or allowed to fall into ruin and decay. What we call heiau today are the foundations of the temples themselves.
Prehistorically, the Kahalu'u area supported a large population, including high ranking chiefs. Many of the once numerous heiau and other archaeological sites left behind by the ancient Hawaiians are being lost to the rapid growth and development that Hawaii has seen during this century. Kuemanu Heiau, said to have been used to pray for good surfing conditions, has been preserved by the County of Hawaii. Kuemanu was recently repaired and portions of the walls you see have been reconstructed.

For your safety, please don't walk along the edge of the walls.

 
Erected 1982 by Department of Parks and Recreation, County of Hawaii.
 
Location. 19° 34.887′ N, 155° 
Kuemanu Heiau and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 31, 2017
2. Kuemanu Heiau and Marker
58.023′ W. Marker is near Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker is on Ali'i Drive near Makolea Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 78-6676 Ali'i Drive, Kailua Kona HI 96740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hale Mua (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lonoikamakahiki Residence (approx. 0.6 miles away); Inikiwai Ku'ula Heiau (approx. mile away); Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor (approx. 0.9 miles away); Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III (approx. 1.4 miles away); Birthplace of Kauikeaouli (approx. 1.4 miles away); Keauhou Bay (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kauikeaouli and Nāhi'ena'ena (approx. 1.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
Kuemanu Heiau image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 31, 2017
3. Kuemanu Heiau
Kuemanu Heiau image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 31, 2017
4. Kuemanu Heiau
St. Peters Catholic Church in the background
St. Peters Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 31, 2017
5. St. Peters Catholic Church
Located next to Kuemanu Heiau
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 26, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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