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Maui

Haleki i and Pihana Heiaus

Haleki`i and Pihana Heiau are pre-contact Hawaiian structures of religious and historical importance. Located in the Wailuku-Kahului area they are a quarter mile inland along Iao Stream. Overlooking Kahului Bay and Wailuku Plain these "House of Images" were a chief’s compound with thatched hale houses built atop the stone platform and guarded by surrounding ki`i or images. The platform would have had heiaus for ceremonies to the family gods. The Wailuku area was a major gathering place for the Maui high chiefs. As the most accessible archeological sites these Hawaiian temples were originally built in 1240 ad have lava foundation. The heaius were reconstructed in 1958 and are on the National and State Registry of Historic Places. Feel the deep sense of ancient Hawaiian history in this site even as you enjoy spectacular views of Wailuku and Kahuluialso.