• 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 …

  • 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, …

  • Leina A Ka`uhane, Jumping Off Point at Ka’ena Point, Oahu

      Ka`ena Point, the westernmost point on O`ahu, is the site of one of the last intact dune ecosystems in the main Hawaiian Islands. Here, beyond the end of the busy roads of O`ahu, is an area known since ancient times as leina a ka`uhane, the leaping place of souls, where the spirits of the …