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Mo’okini Luakini Heiau

May 21, 2017

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Leimomi Mo’okini Lum is the kahuna nui for the Mo’okini Luakini Heiau. Seventh high priestess of the site. She is the widow of Maj. Gen. Alexis Lum, who served as the Adjutant General from March 31, 1983 through February 7, 1991.

Mo’okini Luakini Heiau was the first temple ever built in the islands around 480 AD. According to family chants of the Mo’okini family, High Priest Kuamoo Mookini built the temple which originally had walls six feet tall.

The chant says that some of the stones used to construct the heiau were carried hand to hand all the way from Pololu Valley nine miles away. Around 1,000 A.D. the Tahitians arrived and took over the islands. A very powerful priest by the name of Pa’ao arrived and ordered the walls to be raised; today some stand nearly 30 feet tall. The large slab of lava outside the heiau is called the holehole stone, another addition by Pa’ao. Because the heiau was dedicated to the war god Ku, human sacrifices were demanded. Many people were killed in the name of Ku on that stone. This may be the reason many people sense an unusual, even creepy, vibe when they are on the grounds – it’s the kind of place that gives you chicken skin (goosebumps). The care of the area was placed in the hands of the descendants of the priest, Kuamoo Mookini, and they still care for it today. In 1963, the site was made a National Historic Landmark.

Living Hawaiian History: Mo’okini Heiau video

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The eerie aura of Mo’okini

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