Moʻokini Heiau

Moʻokini Heiau — The Big Island, Hawaiʻi

This is a beautiful, wind-blown, isolated place on the very northern tip of The Big Island of Hawai’i. It’s also reputed to be one of the spookiest and most tragic. The place in question is the Moʻokini Heiau, one of the oldest and most sacred of all the heiau (places of worship) in the Hawaiian Islands. And the reason for the ugly reputation is human sacrifice… lots of it. The total number of people sacrificed here will never be known, but authoritative sources believe the figure to be “many thousands”.

Some visitors claim to feel spirits of the dead wandering about the grounds, but all I felt when I visited this historic site was the strong wind and bright warm sunshine. Being so isolated, there was no one else there at the time that I explored the grounds, and the only noise I could hear was of the muffled sound of the strong surf pounding the base of the nearby shore cliffs.

The National Park Service now cares for this National Historic Landmark, and you can find many more details and directions on how to find it here.


Photo info:
Moʻokini Heiau
Kohala Historical Sites State Monument
Hawi, The Big Island, Hawaiʻi
April 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 digicam

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