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Mookini Heiau & Birthplace of King Kamehameha

This 1500-year-old stone temple is the oldest and largest sacred religious site in Hawaii. The Mookini Heiau was used by Kings and chiefs to pray and to offer human sacrifices. The massive three-story stone temple was dedicated to Ku, the Hawaiian god of war and was erected in around 480 A.D. It was said that each huge stone was passed hand to hand from Pololu Valley, 14 miles away, by 18,000 men who worked from sunrise to sunset. This important historic site should be approached with respect. Nearby this National historic landmark is the birthplace of King Kamehameha I who united Hawaii.

 

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