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Poipu in Kauai County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Kihāhouna Heiau

Kōloa Heritage Trail — Ka Ala Hele Waiwai Ho‘olina o Kōloa

 

—Preserving the Heritage of Po‘ipū & Kōloa —

 
Kihāhouna Heiau Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2008
1. Kihāhouna Heiau Marker
Inscription. The walled heiau (temple) that once stood here was 130 feet by 90 feet; dedicated to Kāne, a major god of Hawai‘i, Hulokoki, a bird god, Kū-hai-moana and Ka-moho-ali‘i, two shark gods. Three hala-lihilihi-‘ula trees situated on the outside of the naupaka hedge mark the heiau perimeter.
 
Erected by Po‘ipū Beach Foundation. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 21° 52.433′ N, 159° 27.417′ W. Marker is in Poipu, Hawaii, in Kauai County. Marker can be reached from Poipu Road east of the Poipu Road traffic circle, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the beach walk at the Marriott Waiohai Beach Resort, at the public beach access walk that runs on the western side of the property. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2249 Poipu Road, Koloa HI 96756, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Po‘ipū Beach Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pā‘ū a Laka (Moir Gardens) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hapa Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pu‘uwanawana Volcanic Cone (approx. ¾ mile away); Hanaka‘ape Bay & Kōloa Landing
Kihāhouna Heiau Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2008
2. Kihāhouna Heiau Marker
Marker is next to the gate into the heiau site marked “Kapu” which means “Do Not Enter”
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Keoneloa Bay (approx. one mile away); Sacred Fishing Grounds (approx. one mile away); Prince Kūhiō Birthplace & Park (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poipu.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. It is the first of the Kōloa Heritage Trail markers, and has a link to a list of all Kōloa Heritage Trail markers.
 
Also see . . .  The Story of Kolōa: A Kaua‘i Plantation Town. 2001 book by Donald Donohugh. “This heiau is the origin of the name Kiahuna ... with the spelling simplified for visitors. It was built under the direction of the district chief Kina in the sixteenth century and dedicated to the gods of the sea. The heiau originally had walls four to six feet high in a rectangle 100 feet by 130 feet, with oracle towers, an altar, and several wooden images on its platform.” (Submitted on October 22, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Kihāhouna Heiau Site image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2008
3. Kihāhouna Heiau Site
Stone Monument at the Far Edge of the Kihāhouna Heiau Perimeter image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2008
4. Stone Monument at the Far Edge of the Kihāhouna Heiau Perimeter
Surfers Just Beyond the Kihāhouna Heiau Perimeter image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2008
5. Surfers Just Beyond the Kihāhouna Heiau Perimeter
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,259 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 22, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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