Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site is a United States National Historic Site located on the northwestern coast of the island of Hawai’i. The site preserves the ruins of Pu’ukoholā Heiau ("Temple on the Hill of the Whale"), a temple built by King Kamehameha the Great between 1790 and 1791 to incur the favor of the war god Kuka’ilimoku.
A visitor center operated by the National Park Service is located at the site. An interpretive trail begins at the visitor center and leads to the ruins of Pu’ukoholā.
Source: Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Celebrating a Great Day
King Kamehameha Day is June 11
Kamehameha the Great united the islands and became the foremost man in Hawaii, the man on whom the fate of his nation rested…
A frequently cited example of Kamehameha’s change of character involves Mamalahoe Kanawai, the Law of the Splintered Paddle. Kamehameha decreed the law after bothered for years about an incident in which he unnecessarily attacked unarmed civilians of his enemy that were fishing on the rocks off the coast south of Hilo. Kamehameha caught his foot in a rock crevice during the attack and a fleeing fisherman smashed a paddle over his head before rescuers could arrive, Kane said.
"Years later, a repentant Kamehameha had the fishermen found and brought to him, shaking with terror," Kane said. "But Kamehameha apologized and proclaimed the Law of the Splintered Paddle, freeing the people to travel about the Kingdom, secure from wanton attacks or restraints by their chiefs."…