Monday, April 6, 2015

Hale O Keawe

The Hale O Keawe in Honaunau was called Ka-iki-ʻAlealea (The little ʻAlealea,) and was a puʻuhonua – a place to which one who had killed could run swiftly and be saved.  The house stood by the entrance of a wooden enclosure, with door facing inland towards the farming lands of South Kona.

Several carved male and female images of wood were placed on the outside of the enclosure; some on low pedestals, under the shade of an adjacent tree; others on high posts, on the jutting rocks that hung over the edge of the water.  “The principal object, that attracted our attention, was … a sacred depository of the bones of departed kings and princes, probably erected as a depository for the bones of the king whose name it bears, and who reigned in Hawaii, about eight generations back.”

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