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NaWahi Pana (Respecting Hawaiian Sacred Sites) Jul 11

When visiting the many sacred sites throughout the Hawaii Islands you must first understand the history, the usage of the site and the spirituality of the place. Developing the proper attitude of humility helps you to shift your focus from  yourself to your surroundings. Before approaching sacred sites, traditional protocol requires you ask permission of the kupuna(ancestors) and give thanks for the privilege of visiting and to apologize for any negative energy you might bring to the site. Always respect the boundaries and kupu(off limits) areas of the sacred sites. If not marked, use the outer edge of the stone markers that normally surround the sites as your boundary.



Heiau were constructed under the direction of the ali’i nui (high chiefs) and Kahuna (priests)- these Heiau were dedicated  to different Gods for various purposes such as treating the sick and training in the art of healing, dedicated to the war -god Ku , and dedicated for peace,fertility and agricultural productivity.

A number of heiau and whai pana can be visited in various national,state and county parks,botanical gardens and resort communities- some suggestions are:

Hawai’i Island

Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Hapaiali’i Heiau at Keauhou Resort and Hale O Keawe,Piu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park


Wailua Complex of Heiau,Wailua River State Park(Hikinaakala,Kalaeokamanu & Poliahu Heiau)


Haleki’i-Pihana Heiau State Historic Park


Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site and Kukaniloko Birthstones State Historic Site Nation

To Learn More & Get Directions check out these sites:

Department of Land & Natural Resources Division of State Parks ; National Park Service Hawai’i Parks ;  National Tropical Botanical Garden Kahanu Garden,Haha Maui 

Please Take Note: Since Hawaiians used a technique called pa pohaku or dry stone masonry these sites are very fragile so please do not walk on or over any of these structures  for your safety and for the protection of the sites to help preserve these sacred sites for the future.

Contact: Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520  Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331




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