Ku'ilioloa Heiau and Kanaloa

 

Ku'ilioloa means "The long dog form of Ku". Ku'ilioloa is said to have been constructed by Lonokaeho who came to Hawai'i from Ra'iatea in the Society Islands. Lonokaeho left for Hawai'i from Taputapuatea, he arrived on 0'ahu in the 11th or 12th century. He settled in the area of Haleiwa and named this area after Ra'iatea and called it Laniakea. Lonokaeho built a navigational heiau incorporating some stones he brought with him from Taputapuatea in the foundations, he named this heiau "Kapukapuakea". Lonokaeho traveled to the leeward side of 0'ahu past Ka'ena, Kahanaha'iki, Makua, 'Ohikilolo, Kea'au, Makaha and Mauna Lahilahi. As he rounded Mauna Lahilahi he took notice of Kane'ilio (Kane's dog) Point near Neneu (the ancient name of Poka'i), He realized that this was a excellent area for a heiau, he traveled back to Laniakea and Kapukapoakea and took some of the original stones which he brought with him from Ra'iatea and transported them to Kane'ilio.

Upon the completion of this heiau it was given the name "Ku'ilioloa". Ku'ilioloa incorporates the god Ku, the heiau incorporates the major Polynesian gods, Ku, the name of the point Kane'ilio incorporates the god Kane, one of the major functions of this heiau is for navigation which incorporates the realm of Lono through the clouds and the heavens, Ku'ilioloa is also the only heiau in Hawai'i that is bordered on three sides by the ocean which is the domain of Kanaloa. After 1819 when the kapu system was overthrown, Ku'ilioloa was one of the few heiau which was still used by the community. The Wai'anae area was one of the last places that accepted Christianity. Although the heiau fell to disuse it was never made noa, some of the uses of this heiau was for sacrifices, navigation, healing and investitures.

Prior to WWII the US government decided to utilize Kane'ilio point by building a concrete bunker on the site of Ku'ilioloa. The original walls and terraces were destroyed but the foundation stones were still intact, In the late 1970's the Wai'anae community rebuilt the heiau and the work was completed in 1979-1980. Papa Kalahikiola Nali'ielua was the first caretaker of Ku'ilioloa after it was rebuilt and is currently under the care of the Wai'anae Coast Culture and Arts Program headed by Aunty Agnes Cope.

From Ku'ilioloa (looking mauka from right to left) you are able to see Pu'uoHulu kai, Pu'u Ma'ili'ili, Pu'u Pahe'ehe'e, Ka'ala, Pu'u Kawiwi, Kamaile ridge (where the heiau Kamaile unu is located), Kea'au and Mauna Lahilahi.

REF: http://edu.larc.nasa.gov/thinkquest/web/models/cb/waianae/kuiliolo.htm