Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau

Waimea, Hawaii

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A heiau is a temple or place of worship, usually a raised rectangular platform built from lava rocks by the early Hawaiians. In the old days there would have been altars, huts, and tikis, (carved representations of the gods) on top. A heiau might be dedicated to a god of war or have some specialized purpose: to propitiate the gods of agriculture or fishing, to teach sacred rituals like the hula, to glorify an ali’i (chief).

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"A heiau is a temple or place of worship, usually a raised rectangular platform built from lava rocks by the early Hawaiians. In the old days there would have been altars, huts, and tikis, (carved representations of the gods) on top.

A heiau might be dedicated to a god of war or have some specialized purpose: to propitiate the gods of agriculture or fishing, to teach sacred rituals like the hula, to glorify an ali’i (chief)."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Waimea
Distance: 0.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 20 to 30 minutes
Season: All year
Local Maps: USGS Waimea
Driving Directions: Directions to Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau

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May 2018