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Ke Ao o kukuipahu

A Compilation of Research for Kukuipahu Heiau

Artwork by Kanani Lehua Kaulukukui

Welina Mai !

Kukuipahu Heiau is a fully intact wahi kūpuna that has a distinct connection with Hawaiian culture, understanding of ʻāina, and the history of the Kukuipahu ahupuaʻa, the Kohala moku, and Hawaiʻi Island. However, on a surface level, sources related to Kukuipahu are scarce. This website was created to capture memories shared about this heiau, compile information from different resources, and re-spark that ao or light of consciousness for Kukuipahu Heiau.


By inventorying sources related to Kukuipahu Heiau from various ethnohistorical resources, online repositories and conducting community ethnography, we can begin to gain insight on specific people connected to this ʻāina, scarcity of documented information, as well as gain a better understanding of the previous functions of this heiau over time. In sharing this inventory and insight in the form of a website, the Kohala Community can not only utilize this resource to aid in current and future stewardship efforts of this sacred site, but also continue the process of restoring the identity and mana this heiau holds. 

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