Land owner Olson Trust with cultural specialist's preserve Kohaikalani Heiau!

Land owner Olson Trust with cultural specialist's preserve Kohaikalani Heiau!

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Sophia Hanoa started this petition to Governor of Hawaii David y. Ige and

UPDATE: Thank you to Landowner Olson Trust along with cultural specialists who will protect and preserve this heiau for future generations. Mahalo to everyone who supported the preservation of this heiau!

Kohaikalani Heiau is one of the last luakini heiau that was protected by Chief Kekuaokalani and his wife Manono in 1819 at the Battle of Kuamo'o. It has been protected for generations by the ohana from the surrounding areas. It is situated on Pu'u Makanau, which is currently owned by Olson Trust. In 2016 our beloved Kupuna Pele Hanoa passed away. Soon after her passing, a few individuals took it upon themselves to physically change the existing structure. They changed the heiau's name to the temple of "I" and dedicated the heiau as a temple of western religion. The heiau is now being used for personal tours, marriages and a hula platform on the luakini for people from all over the world. Kohaikalani heiau like all cultural sites, belongs to all Hawaiians and the people of Ka'u. It was from a time in our history that served a specific purpose to this very day. In September, a group of Kupuna from the Department of Education visited the heiau. They were met by one of the "care takers" and witnessed the desecration, the arrogance, and the lack of respect and knowledge of cultural protocol first hand.  Kohaikalani heiau serves a higher purpose culturally, spiritually and historically. It's energy ties into two other luakini heiau in the area that forms a perfect triangle. This triangle is what keeps the lifeline of the 'aina flowing here in Ka'u. A disruption or obstacle in the flow will have a negative impact on Ka'u as we know it. It was the responsibility of specific families in the area to maintain this task. Part of the kuleana was to leave it alone, undisturbed in respect of the Iwi Kupuna resting there.  With the constant threats of development and desecration throughout Hawai'i Nei, it is getting more difficult to protect and preserve what we have left. This is exactly what is happening on Maunakea. We need to protect all sacred sites here in Ka'u and all Hawai'i for the next generations to come. This is not a race issue, this is about having the respect for our ancestors as human beings. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure the preservation of everything that was left by all of our ancestors. Mahalo for your kokua!

 

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