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Kaua'i - Wailua: Holoholokū Heiau | by wallyg
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Kaua'i - Wailua: Holoholokū Heiau

Holoholokū Heiau, located on the south side of Kuamo‘o Road about ¼ mile from Kuhio Highway, is said to be one of Kaua‘i’s oldest heiau. Relatively small by heiau standards, measuring about 20-feet by 40-feet, it also functioned as a luakini, where human sacrifices were performed on the stone in the southwest corner.


A birthstone on the western side, the Pokahu Hoohanau, is where ancient ali‘i (Hawaiian royalty) gave birth. Oral traditions tell of the sacred births of Kaua`inui and Wailuanuiho`ano and the establishment of this area as a birthing site reserved for royalty. Kaua`i’s king, Kaumuali`i was the last chief to be born here. Right next to the royal birthing stone is the Pohaku Piko, the stone (pohaku) where the baby's umbilical cord (piko) was left to ensure the child's health.


Wailua Complex of Heiaus National Register #66000297 (1966)


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Taken on May 20, 2010