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Ahuena Heiau

Map75-5660 Palani Rd.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
808-329-2911
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A thatched shrine built and restored on an artificial island in Kamakahonu (Eye of the Turtle) is guarded by wooden images (kii). King Kamehameha I settled here in 1812 and maintained his royal residence until his death in 1819. King Kamehameha dedicated Ahuena Heiau, a temple of prosperity, to Lono, god of fertility. Significant history was made on the royal compounds when Liholiho, who became King Kamehameha II dined with the great queens Keopuolani and Kaahumanu breaking one of the most rigorous kapus. This bold act brought on the abandonment of the ancient kapu system and opened the door to Christianity. Located near Kailua Pier. Free.

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