A Hawaiian Shrine in Waimea Valley

Hawaiian Shrine Hawaii Religion Waimea Heiau Oahu

Hale o Lono Heiau is dedicated to Lono, the God of agriculture. The heiau was built between 1470 A.D. and 1700 A.D. “Hale o Lono” is Hawaiian and means “House of Lono.” Lono is one of the four main gods in ancient Hawaii. The other ones are Ku, Kane and Kanaloa.

“During the 12th century A.D., a great spiritual leader named Pa‘ao arrived in Hawai‘i He introduced the use of stone terraces and walls for heiau, or temples, and also installed a priesthood that endured for centuries. It is believed that the Hale O Lono Heiau near the entrance to Waimea Valley, along with the two other heiau flanking the cliffs above the valley, bear witness to the religious changes brought by Pa‘ao. In fact, Waimea Valley and the adjacent ridge of Pupukea remained important centers of religion and spirituality until 1819, presided over through the centuries by kāhuna nui who were direct descendants of Pa‘ao.”  From History of Waimea Valley

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