Ku’ilioloa Heiau and Poka’i Bay

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Ku’ilioloa Heiau is a traditional Hawaiian stone temple and place of learning located on a beautiful little peninsula on the Waianae Coast, beside Poka’i Bay.

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It’s a quiet, open, breezy spot that lends itself to contemplation and reflection.

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Ku’ilioloa Heiau is said to have been a site where navigation was taught and voyagers were blessed.

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From the seaward tip of the peninsula, you can see the heiau and the Waianae Coast.

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Small tide pools form in the lava below.

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An occasional fisherman enjoys the serenity.

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The flat peninsula has some jagged edges.

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How’s this for sharp coral?  Watch your step.

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The colorful crabs don’t mind.

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Ancient lava is mixed with relatively new mangrove trees.

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The peninsula has become a place of remembrance for many people, with dozens of simple memorials installed along the shoreline.

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Some are quite rudimentary.

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Others are a bit more elaborate.

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And some are a bit whimsical.

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It’s unclear whether all the memorials are for people or also include pets.

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The elements take their toll within a few years.

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Behind every site is a story that’s important to someone.

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But each of these loving memorials is technically illegal, and they certainly seem to be proliferating.  The state government recently gave notice that it will remove them all soon.

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Poka’i Bay is a lovely place.

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Hawaiian canoes line the sandy shore.

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The breakwater makes a great hangout and diving spot.

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This girl’s a lot braver than me.

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Looks like fun!

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Another great day on the Waianae Coast.

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Author: oahu nature blog

Just a nice person who sees the good in life. And in nature.

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