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Old May 27, 2007, 9:27 PM   #1
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Built by King Kamehameha the great to fulfill one of the prophecies surrounding his eventual ascendancy to be the supreme ruler of the Hawaiian kingdom, unifying all of the major islands. It was built in 1790-91.

It is the largest heiau or temple in the islands and its translated name is "Hill of the Whale". With assistance from foreign advisors (British) and western firearms and canons, Kamehameha defeated or forced alliances with all rulers of the major islands.

These structures are built entirely of rocks without mortar and are occasionally destroyed by earth tremors which are frequent in the islands because of the volcanic origin of the islands. This heiau has been restored.



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Old May 27, 2007, 10:49 PM   #2
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Nice view of history, Selvin. What island is this on. I have seen the straw Heiau at Kona but not this one.

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Thanks for sharing the history...they must have made this one pretty strong without that mortar if it's still standing today, even if it has been restored.
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Old May 29, 2007, 8:21 PM   #4
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Cal,

This heiau is located on the Kona side of the Big Island near Kawaihae Harbor. Kawaihae harbor is where Kevin Kostner and his crew filmed Waterworld.

This at least 20 miles or so west of Kona on the other side of the airport.

This general area is known as Kohala and is close to where Kamehameha was born.

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Old May 29, 2007, 8:26 PM   #5
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Vanessa,

The stones were of course hand fitted since the Hawaiians did not have any extensive experience with metals until the arrival of the Captain Cook and other Europeans.While not on the orderof some of the South American stone works they are impressive. These stones were lava and tended to be easily hand carried. Other artifacts used some very large lava stones the on the order of those found at Stonehenge.


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