Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lapakahi Village

Welcome back!  Well, after all of our adventures (and failed adventures) in Kohala, we stopped at one last place on the way back to Kona - Lapakahi State Historical Park in North Kohala.  This park has a trail of just over 1 mile, takes about 45 minutes to walk, and there are brochures at the little building by the parking lot (and quite frankly, the cleanest, largest port-a-potty I've ever been in!).  This trail contains the remains of an old Hawaiian Village, as well as some reconstructed pieces which include homes, religious structures, and places for daily tasks such as fishing and salt making.  Please enjoy the walk-through!



 I just liked the tree stump :)

 This twisted tree was so beautiful, I couldn't resist....

(13) Family heiau - a religious site, where prayers and offerings were made.

 (14) Ko'a - a fishing shrine, where offerings were left for abundance from the sea.

 A beautiful view, and a lighthouse in the distance.

 (10) Hale (house) - This large complex of walled houses was home to many 'ohana (families).

another stump that I really liked :)

 Konane (a Hawaiian game, similar to checkers)

 (below) Photos of a reconstructed Housesite with bamboo frame, pili grass thatching.  
This home had been occupied into the early 1900s.

 (below) Salt making!  Sea water was poured into these hollowed-out stones, and the sun evaporated the water, leaving a concentration of salt crystals.  Salt was used to preserve fish and for food seasoning.

 (8) Well - A dependable supply of drinking water allowed this particular area to be settled and plants to be grown.  The lowering of the water table in the late 1800s may be one reason the people left Lapakahi.

(above) looking into the well....
(below) Ku'ula - Whether his catch was large or small, the fisherman always gave a portion to the fishing god who lived in this stone.  In return, he received fish in abundance.

 (below)  A stone-lined trail begins here and runs upslope, it links the mauka and makai portions of the ahupua'a (the Hawaiian form of land division)

That's all, folks!  Thanks for checking in and I hope you learned a little bit about the Hawaiian village!
The village/park is open from 8am-4pm, closed on state holidays.

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