ALOHA from O'ahu
Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area
Keaiwa Heiau is a medicinal or healing heiau (temple) known as a heiau ho'ola. At this site, the kahuna (priest, expert) specializing in healing would diagnose and treat various illnesses and injuries. The kahuna would also train haumana (students) in the practice of la'au lapa'au, medicinal healing using plants, fasting, and prayers. Many of the plants and herbs were collected from the neighboring forest while others were planted around the heiau.
The name Keaiwa has been translated as mysterious or incomprehensible. Perhaps, this name refers to the fact that one could not explain the powers of the kahuna and the herbs used in healing.
It is unknown when this heiau was built but one source suggests that it was constructed in the 16th Century by Kakuhihewa, an ali'i (chief) of O'ahu, and his kahuna Keaiwa. The 4-foot high stacked rock wall encloses the sacred area that measures 100 by 160 feet. Within the enclosure was a halau (large thatched structure) built for the master kahuna to store the medicinal implements and train the students. Other features might include hale (small thatched structure) and a puholoholo (steam bath).
Keaiwa Heiau is located at the park entry. Continue along the paved park road to the campgrounds, picnic areas, and trailhead for the 'Aiea Loop Trail.
View from the trail
The 'Aiea Loop Trail is 4.8-mile trail that begins and ends in the park. This trail runs along the ridge on the west side of Halawa Valley and offers views from Pearl Harbor (Pu'uloa) and the Wai'anae Range to Honolulu and Diamond Head (Le'ahi). There are a bunch of caches on the trail including the first cache ever placed in Hawai'i: GC23 - Geoache. Also keep an eye out for remnants of a B-24 bomber that crashed here in 1944. If doing the trail clockwise it is after GC100MY - LadyBug Cache.
You DO have to enter the Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area.
April 1 to Labor Day: 7:00 am to 7:45 pm
After Labor Day to March 31: 7:00 am to 6:45 pm
~~~For the puzzle, brush up on some Hawaiian History.~~~
Cache is at:
- King Kamehameha II, under pressure from his co-regent and stepmother, Ka'ahumanu, abolished the kapu system in 181A.
- In 18B9 King Kamehameha III signed the Edict of Toleration which granted equal rights to Protestants and Catholics.
- In 18C3, the state motto "Ua mau ke ea o ka 'aina i ka pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)" was spoken by King Kamehameha III in his restoration speech.
- King Kamehameha the Great united the Hawaiian Islands in 181X.
- In 190Y the Hawaiian Organic Act established a territorial government with Sanford Dole appointed governor by the US President.
- The Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 18Z3.
Cache with Alha
Congrats Alohamora on the FTF!