Hale o Keawe Heiau

Hale o Keawe Heiau

Hale o Keawe heiau
Location: Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Big Island, Hawaii

On the southwestern coast of Hawaii's Big Island is the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.  Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, also known as the Place of Refuge, is a sacred place of great historical significance in the Hawaiian culture.    Situated in the South Kona district, this is a 'must see' for visitors to the island.

This photo shows a structure on the park grounds called the Hale o Keawe heiau (Hawaiian temple).   A half-sized reconstruction of the original heiau, it is constructed in the traditional manner.  It has a frame made of 'ohi'a wood tied with coconut fiber, and a thatched roof made from dried ti leaves.   The original Hale o Keawe heiau housed the bones of deceased Hawaiian chiefs.

Update:  Here is a close-up photo of a ki'i -- the wooden figures that guard the heiau.


Anonymous said...

Your photos and blog really make me want to go back to Hawaii. I was only there for a weekend, hardly enough time to take in so much. Thanks for the pic and the info. :-)

BNS said...

Hi 2Sweet - Since you, too, like to take pictures of flowers and things in nature, you would surely have a wonderful time in Hawaii. ;-}