Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hawea Heiau

Back in July 2007, I took some good-natured “ribbing” from three of my best friends in the world, all Mental Health professionals, for taking the above photo while driving along the highway in Hawaii Kai, part of Honolulu on the Island Oahu HI. Some low stone rows captured my attention each of the many times we drove by them.
On many short walks to the beach from my friend’s house, between the Hawaii Kai Golf Course and the Highway, so did some other rows that I stumbled around but never took any photos of – I thought it might be something but I couldn’t quite decide if I was looking at human constructed stone “some things.”

My friend suggested that the Menehune [pronounced meh-neh-HOO-neh] might have built them, possibly just to “mess with me.” (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menehune .”
But this morning I stumbled upon a news article at: http://www.petroglyphs.us/index.htm
Crews Bulldozed In Area Housing Hawaiian Petroglyphs By: Honolulu News August 2009

Turns out that the place, Hawea Heiau, is in Hawaii Kai, not far from where my friends live…

Above: Hawaii Kai and Koko Crater from Makapu'u Point Trail
"The simple crossing of a pass at Makapu'u beach changes the landscape from lush tropical plants to a drier look filled cacti, palm trees and succulents. There is less wind so the lava-rock tide pools are more accessible."

(image stolen from: debtorby.typepad.com/connections/travel/)."

More: Developer Investigated In Hawaii Kai Project - Honolulu News Story ...

Developer Investigated In Hawaii Kai Project. Crews Bulldozed In Area Housing Hawaiian Petroglyphs. POSTED: 6:58 pm HST August 5, 2009 ...

Another, posted by Gary E. Weller (http://haweaheiau.blogspot.com/ ): Hawaii Kai Heiau Partially Buried.
Mr. Weller has a bunch of stuff up on his blog about this....

Image from: http://www.hawaiikaihui.org/104734.html?*session*id*key*=*session*id*val*
Hawea Heiau

And this sounds sadly all too familiar: "The report prepared for Hale Alii also concluded that other recognized artifacts — a more than 100-year-old well lined with stacked rocks and remnants of rock walls and terraces — needn't be preserved because the structures have been altered in modern times or are heavily degraded. The state agreed with these findings, too (http://www.hrespecialists.com/article.asp?id=741)."

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