This post continues details of our driving tour of Kohala, which we enjoyed on our fourth day on the island of Hawaii (Thursday, May 20th). Our first stop was at Manini’owali Beach. Our second stop was in Kawaihae at the Pu’Ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.
The Pu’Ukohola Heiau was built by King Kamehameha in 1790-1791. The king built the heiau (temple) at Kawaihae because a kahuna from the island of Kaua’i said that this was the way to conquer Hawaii. Thousands of people worked on this temple, carrying one boulder at a time from miles away. Some workers were sacrificed during construction of the temple to make sure that the gods would be happy. When the temple was completed, the king dedicated the temple by inviting and then sacrificing one of his enemies. You can read more about the Pu’Ukohola Heiau National Historic Site by visiting the National Park Service’s website.
In case you didn’t know Hawaii has a language all its own.
Next stop: an old Hawaiian village.