• False Ho`okupu

    In Hawai’i, one often encounters a rock, wrapped in a leaf (often a tii leaf), left as an offering.  However, this is actually not a practice or custom of the Hawai’ian peoples.  On fact, such an offering is considered offensive by those who still retain the sacred knowledge of the Hawai’ian peoples. Some speculate that …

  • Lookout from Puʻu o Mahuka Heiau, O’ahu

  • Laniloa: La’ie Point, O’ahu

    Historically, La’ie was a puʻuhonua, a sanctuary for fugitives. While a fugitive was in the pu’uhonua, it was unlawful for that fugitive’s pursuers to harm him or her. During wartime, spears with white flags attached were set up at each end of the city of refuge. If warriors attempted to pursue fugitives into the puʻuhonua, …

  • Huilua Fish Pond, Kahana Bay, O’ahu, Hawai’i

    Huilua was a kuapa type of fishpond. The 500-foot long rock wall is attached to the shoreline and encircles the ocean waters of Kahana Bay. The wall is built of rocks carried to the shoreline from the streambeds and valley slopes of Kahana. No mortar was used, but with the careful locking of the stones, …