Heiau descriptions, lost for now, 1883.


Earlier, some old temples of Hawaii were introduced: their description, and where they stand.

There are a number of old heiau standing in North Kohala. Mokini [Mookini] is the name of one of them in Kohala Waho, standing atop a flat base in Puuepa; it is a beautiful structure.

This heiau, according to its history, was built by the many and multitudes of gods and the menehune, that according to the natives who live there; the stones used to build it are from Pololu, and the menehune stood in a line all the way to Pololu; this heiau was built at night.

It faces the southwest, facing directly at the point of Upolu; some parts of the front enclosure have fallen, [???] are at the northwest, this heiau stands alone in a bare area, the land is level, and it has stood for centuries.

The second heiau is [Muleiula?], this heiau is located [???] Awaeli, its base is very flat like that of the earlier one, so too is the base of this one.

This heiau was erected by Hua, the one for whom is said, “The bones of Hua are dried in the sun,” [???] this heiau when he went [???] in the cliffs of Pololu, and [???] is called the cliffs of Kamakaohua.

The third heiau is named [Ku???], it is at [Maka???]; this heiau is very near to [???] at the harbor of Keokea; this heiau is like the earlier ones spoken of before, the purpose of this heiau was for agriculture, according to its history.

These heiau [???] multitudes of idol gods worshiped by the people of old, and they believed there was no other god.

In these modern days, [???] who are worshiping the idol gods of the old days? Here [???] children of men [???] in [???] and those hearts are full of idolatry.

[There are so many articles like these that are partially or totally illegible without going back to the original newspapers.

If made “word searchable” as is:

Ke kolu o na heiau, o Ku@@@@ ka inoa, aia keia heiau ma Maka@@@@@@@@ kokoke loa keia heiau i kanaka@@@@@@@@ ma ke awa ku moku o Keokea @@@@@@@@ ke keia heiau me na @@@@@ mua @@@@@@@ ia ae nei, o ka hana o keia heiau @@@@@ hooulu mea ai, wahi a ka moolelo.

The most logical thing to do would be to take new and clear images of the papers all together, so that each time someone is interested in a partial article like this one, they will not need to flip through the fragile originals just so they can see one page.]

(Kuokoa, 11/4/1883, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXII, Helu 44, Aoao 1. Novemaba 4, 1883.