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.
It’s a quiet, open, breezy spot that lends itself to contemplation and reflection.
Ku’ilioloa Heiau is said to have been a site where navigation was taught and voyagers were blessed.
From the seaward tip of the peninsula, you can see the heiau and the Waianae Coast.
Small tide pools form in the lava below.
An occasional fisherman enjoys the serenity.
The flat peninsula has some jagged edges.
How’s this for sharp coral? Watch your step.
The colorful crabs don’t mind.
Ancient lava is mixed with relatively new mangrove trees.
The peninsula has become a place of remembrance for many people, with dozens of simple memorials installed along the shoreline.
Some are quite rudimentary.
Others are a bit more elaborate.
And some are a bit whimsical.
It’s unclear whether all the memorials are for people or also include pets.
The elements take their toll within a few years.
Behind every site is a story that’s important to someone.
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.
Poka’i Bay is a lovely place.
Hawaiian canoes line the sandy shore.
The breakwater makes a great hangout and diving spot.
This girl’s a lot braver than me.
Looks like fun!
Another great day on the Waianae Coast.