Iwi in Kamaiko Heiau, 1908.


At Keei, Kona, Found were Many Human Skulls and Bones.

Upon the return of Mr. A. Gartley and C. H. Cook [C. H. Cooke] from their excursion to South Kona, Hawaii, they said that when they went to look at Kamaiko Heiau at Keei, they found many human bones in the heiau.

It is conjectured that the reason there are many human skulls and their bones there is because their lives were sacrificed in this heiau when the kapu system [ka noho ame ka ai kapu ana] was abolished.

This heiau is very near the shore, makai side of the government road. The foundation of this heiau is flat, measuring 200 by 120 feet.

The makai side and the south side were broken, with the remaining sides being fine, and when peering inside, seen were three small rooms.

This heiau is located between Napoopoo and Honaunau, and while these gentlemen were visiting this heiau, Mr. Gartley came upon a tottering stone, and when he took it off, there were human skulls and bones.

The story that the kamaaina told is that the bones belonged to the people of Kekauaokalani [Kekuaokalani], those that revolted against Liholiho when the kapu were made noa, and these people were taken prisoner while the battle of Kuamoo was being waged.

According to the story, the people were brought and killed in this heiau, by being shot in the head. From the look of the skulls, there were many skulls with bullet holes, and it is believed that is how they were killed, being that in the history book of Alexander [Alekanekelo],  Liholiho obtained guns and ammunition months before the battle of Kuamoo.

(Kuokoa, 3/27/1908, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIII, Helu 13, Aoao 1. Maraki 27, 1908.

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