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  • n. Plural form of heiau.


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  • The aumakuas were brothers to her when she slipped offerings to them across the altars of the ruined heiaus with a line of prayer that was as unintelligible to me as it was hair-raising.


  • That very night the burning of the tiki gods and the destruction of the heiaus began.

    Under a Maui Moon

  • The park is rich in remains (88,654 ha are included in Puna-Ka'u Historic District) and particularly so along the coast with native villages, heiaus (temples), graves, paved trails, canoe landings, petroglyphs, shelter caves, and agricultural areas.

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, United States

  • Anyone who hikes to the end of the Makena road lava fields can see the relics of homes and heiaus (temples) — whispers of a once thriving community of people who fished, hunted, worshipped and gathered along the slopes of the mighty Haleakala volcano.

    Is Nothing Sacred, Nothing Holy in Hawaii?

  • Bones are still scattered among the rocks on PuuOlai, heiaus are everywhere, and it is impossible to believe that the scope of the construction digs in Makena are not a sacrilege and assault on Hawaiian spirituality.

    Is Nothing Sacred, Nothing Holy in Hawaii?

  • Umi, having vanquished the kings of the six divisions of Hawaii, was sacrificing captives in one of these heiaus, when the voice of his god, Kuahilo, was heard from the clouds, demanding more slaughter.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • He built large heiaus, amongst others the one at Kawaihae, at the dedication of which to his favourite war god eleven human sacrifices were offered.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • In dreadful contrast to this place of mercy, there were some very large heiaus (or temples) here, on whose hideous altars eighty human sacrifices are said to have been offered at one time.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • There are reports of former heiaus, house sites, etc., in and around

    Archeological Investigations Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 76

  • Descriptions, with illustrations, of a number of heiaus are given by Mr. Thrum in the "Hawaiian Annual" for 1906 to

    Archeological Investigations Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 76


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