• Body of the Mo’o Laniloa at La’ie Point, O’ahu, Hawai’i

      The great lizard (mo’o) Laniloa was the guardian of the area of La’ie on the island of O’ahu.  But a man, Kana, slew this beast and cut its body into five pieces.  These are the islands one can now see from La’ie Point.

  • 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, …