Wednesday, March 18, 2009


A heiau is a temple built of rectangular lava rock, fit together so adeptly that many walls still stand today. They used to be filled with palm leaves, wood, grasses, and sacred objects. Though they may look like a pile of rocks to you, often overgrown by brush or seemingly forgotten, remember that these are religious sites, sacred to Hawaiians. They are fragile and cannot be replaced. So please honor the suggestions listed below.

▪ View the heiau from the exterior. Do not climb on or over the rock walls, they may collapse.

▪ Do not excavate, destroy, or alter any historic site on state land or you will be fined $10,000.

▪ Do not leave offerings or trash at a heiau structure. Coins, candles, incense and similar items cause long-term damage.

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