Ahu'ena Heiau

Ahu'ena Heiau (HM237X)

Location: Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Hawaii County
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Country: United States of America
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N 19° 38.345', W 155° 59.862'

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Upon this paepae (stone platform) is a representation of Ahu;ena Heiau. Restored by Kamehameha I upon the unification of the pae'aina (island chain), he rededicated Ahu'ena to Lono, the god of peace and prosperity. The Hale O Lono (House of Lono) ceremonies were administered and guided by the Mo'o Lono (Lono Priestly Order) and primarily included prayers and food offerings to signify, represent, appease and invoke perpetual peace and abundance of the Kingdom.
In respect, please refrain from entering the platform

Hale Mana (house of spiritual power) was a place for prayer, a meeting house of discussing Kingdom affairs, and a school where Kamehameha educated his heir. Liholiho, in maters pertaining to wise government. Here Liholiho received lectures from the leading kahuna (masters) of the arts, crafts, sciences, history, politics and religion. The structure was strong poles thatched with ti leaves and tried with fern. Interior walls were covered with silky banana stalk sheathing. Soft mats covered the floor around a fire pit for roasting bananas.
Hale Pahu (drum house) sheltered the great ceremonial drum(s) of the temple. The structure is thatched with hala (pandanus) leaves.
Anu'u has been referred to as the "oracle tower" where the high breast received and proclaimed
the answer of the gods to his petitions. This tower was the most distinctive feature of the temples of ruling chiefs.
Ki'i Akua (temple images) symbolized the presence of helpful gods who were ancestral to the worshipers. Carved with great virtuosity, ki'i akua of the distinctive Kona style are regarded as among the finest of all Polynesian art forms.
Leie were tall stands where offerings were presented to the gods.
Hale Nānā Mahina'ai (house to see the gardens) is where Kamehameha I ordered the cultivation of the agricultural field named Kuahewa in the uplands of North Kona for sufficient food supply of his people. Kamehameha I would oversee the progress of Kuahewa from this site at Ahu'ena.
Hale Kia'i Guard House.
HM NumberHM237X
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Date Added Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at 7:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)5Q E 185604 N 2174309
Decimal Degrees19.63908333, -155.99770000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 19° 38.345', W 155° 59.862'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds19° 38' 20.7" N, 155° 59' 51.72" W
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Area Code(s)808
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 75-5664 Kaahumanu Pl, Kailua-Kona HI 96740, US
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