Kāneiʻolouma Heiau

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UPDATE: Users have reported the tikis are now gone. Kāhua O Kāneiolouma is an ancient Hawaiian village and cultural site located in the heart of Po'ipū, Kōloa, Kaua'i. This extremely large, 13-acre complex dates back to the mid-1400s. This site is so prominent that not only did it have a temple but also several homes on raised rock terraces and additional structures were erected here as well. Kahua O Kaneiolouma boasts many interesting historical features such as hale sites, fishponds, taro fields, auwai irrigation systems, and a makahiki arena. You may want to have your picture taken with the large tikis representing the four main Gods of Hawaiian culture that you'll find on the site. One such God, Kane, was the God of freshwater. A Hawaiian temple known as a heiau was constructed to pay homage to Kane. Amid this agricultural area is a freshwater spring for watering the crops and that spring can still be seen today. The spring is called Wai'ohai meaning "water for a native shrub." Another fantastic feature in this complex is that it still has the remains of a "Kahua" or sporting field where athletes competed against each other in honor of the Gods. If you love examining Hawaii's cultural past, this is the place to be.

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