A journey back in time at Ulupo Heiau

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Tucked away near the edge of Kawainui Marsh, Ulupo Heiau is a powerful reminder of the Hawaiian civilization that once thrived here.

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Pictures don’t really do it justice or capture the size and scope of this historic stone temple, where Hawaiians once sought spiritual support for harvests and battle.

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“Sacred Grounds” reads the aging sign warning visitors not to remove stones.

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A plaque links the heiau to the “mythical” menehune, who some historians believe were actually the first wave of Polynesians to reach Hawaii, from the Marquesas islands, before a second wave arrived later from Tahiti and marginalized the first wave.

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The heiau is flanked by carefully tended kalo (taro) patches, called lo’i.

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Some lo’i are ringed by stones.

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Mature kalo have distinct broad leaves.

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The lo’i are also home to a few ducks.

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They seem pretty happy.

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A few Common Waxbills dart around.

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And a few Cattle Egrets hunt along the edges.

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A friendly Shama Thrush sings a greeting and provides fine company.

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Some ripe papayas nearby are ready to drop.

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