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With all the recent news about Kilauea erupting, I thought I’d share one of the images we took of the same area almost a decade ago.
Sunsets on the water can be so satisfying.
I remember when the Inner Harbor was a seedy, dirty, nasty place to be — populated with equally unsavory red-light sections, head shops, used record stores, and other marginal “businesses”. What a change! Now it’s bright, clean, family-friendly, and a great place to visit.
This is a thatched temple — one of many that were here at one time — and it can be found at Mo’okini Heiau, the oldest and most sacred heiau located within Hawaii. The rest of the sacrificial temple at this location is to the right of the thatched temple, just outside of the camera frame.
Much is written about this heiau… how it was created around 480 AD, how the massive rock temple was built in one night by nearly 20,000+ people using stones that were hand-carried from a quarry some 12 miles away, how this heiau became the war temple of Kamehameha the Great during the end of the 18th century, and — more significantly — the claim that “many tens of thousands” of people were ritually sacrificed here during the time when the Hawaiian Islands were ruled by the kapu (taboo) system. This site was once considered so sacred that no one other than priests were allowed to visit it until 1978, when the centuries-old taboo was finally lifted to allow visitors. Continue Reading →