Louisiana ho-downs, lava tubes and Kalapana
But the Hawaiians, for their part, were in a state of flux. In 1819, immediately after the death of the strong willed Kamehameha, the Hawaiians, on their own accord, overthrew their religion, dumped the kapu (taboo) system and denied their gods.
The way they hang the flag in Kalapana. Just the way they roll.
Hence, the Hawaiian sovereignty movement is strong here. I wish them good luck overturning all those violated treaties. Just ask the Native Americans on the mainland how that went.
The rules at Uncle Robert's in Kalapana are few but firm.
So four of us, Tabby from Salt Lake City, Louise a massage therapist from Prague, Amanda and I crossed this lava field to find an older lava tube under the 1991 lava flow that buried Kalapana and what was reportedly the prettiest black sand beach in Hawai'i. This hard to find tube was reportedly used in ancient times to hide children from the endemic warfare that was a constant possibility and frequent actuality.
Here our guide Tabby, climbs off the 1991 flow and on to the older flow; you can tell by the old growth on top of it
To find, well, this small hole/entrance. Thanks Tabby for being that guide, cause we never would have found it without you.
As first man down, I honestly was not thrilled about crawling through these tight spaces on all fours in utter darkness. Tabby kept saying that it wasn't much further, so take a deep breath dude, and get on with it.
Which led to various scrapes such as this. In this wet environment, scrapes have to be dealt with promptly, as staph infection can and does set in rapidly. We all have tubes of antibiotic lotions in our hales.
Lance's coffee bushes, protected from baddies by sacred Ti leaf trees. As often happens on the Big Island, there are unexplained bursts or energy. I don't know if it some reaction between the lava beneath the earth and the Pacific sun, but how do you explain the arc of light in this picture? What a clear rainbow?
Here he built Mo’okini Heiau, where countless people were put to death to appease Pa’oa’s hungry gods. Even before we knew the gory details about Mo’okini Heiau’s history the place gave us the heebie-jeebies. We weren’t the only ones who have noticed that the area around the temple is filled with an eerie, ghostly lifelessness, and it’s the only place on the island that we like to avoid. Used for human sacrifices, the area feels devoid of a soul. The quiet is not comforting, but rather an empty void.
The walls of Mo’okini are extremely tall and thick-oral tradition says that some of the rocks were passes by hand from Pololu Valley, 9 miles away. Here in front of the heiau is the large lava slab with a slight dip in it. In front is a raised stone.
It takes little imagination to see that the slab was the holehole stone, where the unfortunate victims were laid while the flesh was stripped from their bones. These bones were then used to make fishhooks and other objects. The number of Hawaiians sacrificed here ran into the tens of thousands.
A view from the cliffs at Pololu Valley.
This ancient valley was once abundant with wetland taro when Pololu Stream carried water from the wet deep interior to the valley floor. When the Kohala Ditch was built in 1906, however, it diverted much of the water and ended taro production. The valley's last residents left in the 1940's and the area is now forest-reserve land.
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