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Stacking Rocks…Hawaiian Style

March 9, 2013
In 2006, many of the historic and cultural resources at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site were damaged by a large magnitude 6.7 earthquake. From 2007 to 2011, volunteers and National Park Service employees utilized traditional Hawaiian methods to repair the damaged structures. Here, volunteers and staff work on traditional olokea (ladder systems) to repair Mailekini Heiau, an ancient temple. (NPS)

In 2006, many of the historic and cultural resources at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site were damaged by a large magnitude 6.7 earthquake. From 2007 to 2011, volunteers and National Park Service employees utilized traditional Hawaiian methods to repair the damaged structures. Here, volunteers and staff work on traditional olokea (ladder systems) to repair Mailekini Heiau, an ancient temple. (NPS)

The following photos and video were from today’s special cultural presentation offered by the Royal Order of Kamehameha at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Visitors and island residents had the opportunity to experience ‘Uhau Humu Pohaku, Hawaiian dry-stack masonry and learn about how traditional methods were utilized in the rehabilitation of the park’s temples and other cultural resources after the large 2006 earthquake.

Members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha share about traditional Hawaiian building techniques with visitors. (NPS)

Members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha share about traditional Hawaiian building techniques with visitors. (NPS)

Do rocks talk? Traditional Hawaiian belief is that rocks can communicate where they should be placed. Kahuna or master builders said that they could listen to the rocks. So building a structure such as a heiau (temple) was more than just a physical process. (NPS)

Do rocks talk? Traditional Hawaiian belief is that rocks can communicate where they should be placed. Kahuna or master builders said that they could listen to the rocks. So building a structure such as a heiau (temple) was more than just a physical process. (NPS)

 

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