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n. pl. heiau
An ancient Hawaiian temple.

[Hawaiian, from hei, variant of hai, to worship, from Proto-Polynesian *fai, to worship.]
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Day trips to beaches and heiaus, ancient Hawaiian sacred sites, with meditation, chanting, and educational component included.
E, from Southeast Asia, Polynesia, and Tahiti (with arrows of various colors for different time periods), and second, by their heiaus or religious sites, spread out across the Hawaiian island chain.
After death, these powers were locked away forever with their bones in the sacred temples called heiaus.
And a circle of palms at the far end of a lawn, planted on a platform of soil and edged with stones, recalls the heiaus (ancient Hawaiian temples) still standing throughout the islands.
The topography usually determined the orientation, the heiaus commonly facing the sea or valley" (1931:35; Emory 1924:62).
Unfortunately, these scholars are largely silent on the question of heiau orientations.
Now restored, the place of worship, one of Hawaii's largest heiaus, sits on the edge of the state's finest remaining intact forest of hala, a native tree with a distinctive crown and exposed spiderlike roots.
Because it is the youngest in the chain, it holds open many windows to the past, through heiaus or ancient temples, a sacred "place of refuge," and petroglyphs--messages from the ancients carved into the lava flows.
For decades, a devoted archaeologist has worked to preserve Hawaii's sacred heiaus.
On the Big Island's northern tip, the sleepy North Kohala Coast is flecked with historic heiaus among great snorkeling beaches.
One reason for the formal variability was discovered when Kane'aki Heiau on O'ahu was excavated and shown to have been remodelled, often substantially, several times during its history (Ladd 1973).