Secret of the Heiau
Secret of the Heiau
SECRET OF THE HEIAU
Hawaii is a place of true beauty, natural splendor, and metaphysical mystery. Tourists who travel to see these lovey Islands seldom get even a passing glimpse of the real Hawaii. For the real Hawaii is hidden deep within the forests on the mountains and remains elusive and beyond reach for all except for the few who walk in the old way along the paths traveled for hundred of years by the Kahuna, the wise ones whose duty and responsibilities were to preserve the ancient wisdom and knowledge to be handed down along family lines. The Kahuna were the keepers of the Hawaiian Religion and all the rituals associated with it.
"Religion (Hai Pule) has been from the very beginning of Hawaiian History, a matter of greatest concern," according to the native writer David Malo (1795 - 1853). Of all the history and remaining artifacts of these ancient people, who were settled in the Hawaiian Islands by the First Century A. D., there is at least one thing that distinguishes these people from other Polynesians - Hawaiians built up an elaborate system of religious practices centered around a vast variety of places of worship (Heiau) and these practices were conducted by a specially trained group of intellectuals known as Kahuna.
The most prominent archaeological sites on the Hawaiian Islands are ancient Heiau sites. The Kahuna (experts) tried to see to it that all went well between the Aumakua (ancestral hero - gods), the ruling class (Ali'i) and the Maka'aina (people belonging to the land). The Heiau was the stage where a rich pageantry of rituals was performed.
Sites for Hawaiian Temples were never chosen casually, but specifically selected for the feeling of Mana (divine - supernatural powers) that a certain spot would evoke, particularly in relation to the purpose the temple was built to serve. Samuel Kamakau (1815 - 1876), describes that the location of Heiau was chosen by site experts called Kahuna Kuhi Puuone, which means "the director of sand dunes," referring to the fact that they made small sand replicas of Heiau to show the ruling chiefs. The site experts, according to Malo were "acquainted with the Heiau which had been built from the most ancient times, from Hawaii to Kauai, some of which had gone into ruins." They were the ancient class of professional architects and engineers. In Kamakau's words, "their knowledge was like that of the navigator who knows the latitude and longitude of each land, where rocks are, the deep places and the shallow, where it is cold and where warm, and can tell without mistake the degree, east or west, north and south."
This novel uses real Hawaiian Heiau that were used for recording astronomical events by finding those structures built in alignment with other structures, prominent landforms, either peaks, mounds, and or passes to the rising and setting of those stars that were part of the star path the ancient wayfarers used and are evidence of the Hawaiian Legacy. The concept of earth, man and sky reached a pinnacle of precision before the foreigners came and to understand the template of the Heiau System is to see in full manifest the celestial harmonies that Stonehenge and the Pyramids attempted but could not fully achieve. A system seems to exist in Hawaii where these straight lines serve as monuments to the rising and setting directions of many honored stars in Polynesia. In accordance with the dates, they were to rise at sunset and set at sunrise, they were then incorporated into a calendar system.
In early times the stars, because of their relatively fixed and predictable nature, were used to find direction and to date events. As can be expected, there existed, in fact, a class of intellectuals known as Poe Kilo Hoku (astronomers). Kamakau states that they were "very skilled in reckoning the months of the year and in discerning the way of the sun, the moon and the stars, as well