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Hale Pohaku


Hale Pohaku

The remnants of Hale Pohaku.


Along the beach towards Makua Bay and just below the road lie the remnants of an old heiau. Apparently it was destroyed when the road was put through, but the rocks that comprised it still remain.

According to Chipper, "there's no real mo‘olelo associated with that heiau. The oral traditions that have been passed down indicate that that was a sacred area where they actually raised the small white dogs that were used by the al‘'i as a food source, also as a kind of relief for the chiefess after she gave birth. If the child was given to another member of the family to raise, the chiefess would nurse these dogs, who had had their teeth pulled out, to relieve the pressure in her breasts from the milk."




"The name that is associated with that area today is Hale Pohaku, which means 'house of rock.' And it was just recently that we discovered a petroglyph there, which interestingly--because there was a dog there--kind of supports that story.

"I think that area was very heavily disturbed when they put in the highway, because there's really nothing left, as far as any walls or structure associated with that."


Rubbing of the petroglyph found among the boulder remnants of Hale Pohaku.


Many sites in the islands associated with Hawaiian religious practices and deities suffered neglect or even intentional destruction over the last two centuries, while others are still tended and used today. Among the neglected sites at Ha‘ena is another heiau in Manoa Valley.



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