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.

James Keau writes from Apia, Upolu, Samoa, 1887.

[Found under: “Correspondences from Friends”]

From Samoa.

Apia, Upolu, Samoa, Oct. 19, 1887.

Aloha to you and your whole family:

Here I am in Samoa in good health.

I am very taken by this land; life is good. The lay of the harbor is fine. If it was built well like the harbor of Honolulu, then this one would be better; currently, there are many lovely huge wooden houses and life here is somewhat like that in Hilo, but perhaps it is better here.

There is much food in this land, and fruits like coconuts, bananas, oranges, breadfruit, mango, and much more; life is easy here; the people are pleasant, people do not make trouble, they do not think much of work, they just go about their way.

Their bodies are bare: the men, women, and children as well; they have big bodies, and they cover their privates; some of them wear clothes as we do, and so do some men [?]

I will be going to Savaii, a large island like Hawaii, and there I will board a steamship and return to Honolulu in the month of December.

I am looking for all sorts of things to sell there; many haole acquaintances put in orders, and that is what I look for; coconut bowls are mainly the goods that I bring back, as well as some other things.

There are many things which this place is blessed with, and I feel that if I were to live here, I will have a blissful existence. Your friend, JAMES KEAU.

Paeaina [probably from the newspaper Ko Hawaii Paeaina (of which the May to December 1887 issues are missing…)]

(Kuokoa, 11/5/1887, p. 4)

Mai Samoa Mai.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXVI, Helu 45, Aoao 4. Novemaba 5, 1887.