Saturday, September 15, 2012

Things sacred to Hawaii - Heiau, Kai, and Nene

We have a winner from last week - Debby!  Kama'aina and tourists alike are winners when sacred sitee are preserved.  During our recent trip to Kauai, we visited the Hikinaakala Heiau (temple).  From Hawaiian Families for Educational Choices (at this link),

The Hikinaakala (Rising of the Sun) Heiau is one of seven sacred heiaus at Wailua, Kauai's royal center. Constructed around 1300, it served as a refuge for people who had broken kapu (taboo). On the southern banks near the Wailua river mouth is Hauola —a place long associated with the traditional practices of health and healing. The adjacent Hikinaakala- Heiau served as a place to worship the sun. It is said that the entirety of Wailuanuiaho`ano was a pu`uhonua or sanctuary of peace and safety.

The grounds, especially on a stormy day, lend itself to spirits.  

The heiau is adjacent to Lydgate Beach Park.  The beach served as the backdrops for several "tropical" films such as Diamond Head and Blue Hawaii. 

A local fisherman seeks bounty from the kai (sea) despite the weather.

The kai breathes life to the islands.

Driving along the coastal road to the North Shore, we stopped at Kilauea Point ...

... where we found a gaggle of nene, the Hawaiian goose.   Wikipedia refers to the nene as "the world's rarest goose".   Yet the nene returned from the brink of extinction to thrive on Kauai.

The nene almost form a heart between their beaks and bodies.

The coastline is breathtaking!

What's your favorite bird?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.   Comments are open through Saturday, September 22, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 23.


Kim in Hawaii

A closer view of the kai ...


  1. I love visiting sacred places. They have a certain feel to them. I love Birds of Paradise.

  2. Stork! I'm really fascinated as well as puzzled on why they are associated with babies and chimneys. :D

  3. My favorite birds have always been owls.

  4. My favorite bird has always been the duck. My daughter picked up on that at a young age when we started giving her stuffed ducks as presents. She still has the first duck she ever got from us in a box.

  5. Congrats, Debby!

    I like swans. They are so beautiful!

  6. It's not something I thought of before - there are so many beautiful birds out there. Of our local birds I would probably say the cardinal because it stands out so in summer and winter.

    Congrats, Debby.

  7. Love the pictures of the Nenes looking like a heart. I will say that the Robin is my favorite bird - harbingers of spring.

  8. Congratulations, Debby! :)

    Peregrine Falcons are my favorite. They nest in the Linville Gorge here and when I'm out hiking I love to watch them fly above the gorge.