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Kaaawa with a stop at the Hawaiian Plantation Village

Moving Day

semi-overcast 28 °C

I'm sitting on out Lanai in Kaaawa. There is no one else around. Tomorrow some moves into the bungalow next to us and the land lord's brother in law and family into the house on friday. But let's back up a bit. 
This morning we were packed and ready to go well before our check out time. Our plan was to go up the Makaha Valley to some ruins. They are located in a gated community of rather fancy houses. We had to fill out some forms and show our ID before they let us in. it is a very short hike once we get to the parking area. The place is called Kane'aki Heiau. According to legend the rain goddess was impressed with the fishing prowess of a local chief. His generous offering to her was reciprocated by plentiful rain in what had been a parched valley. In return an altar or Heiau was built for her. Later the place was used as a leaukini or temple for human sacrifices for the god of war. Kemameha worshipped there.
Wow it is so dark I can't see my wine glass. 
Anyway..it has been reconstructed and is very cool. To think it was still in use two hundred years ago.
After our visit we picked up some gas and made our way the the Hawaiin Plantation Village in time for their noon tour. Our group consisted of six people one of whom spoke no English and one who stopes out due to mobility issues. Our guide was very knowledgable. She grew up in Hawaii of Japanese parents. her dad acme out in 1907 and later sent for a bride from his village. He was thirty-five and his bride was fifteen. 
The area was big on sugar cane. The Chinese saw a market and production became important. Until then the Hawaiians were quite happy to work as needed. Immigrants came in and the company kept the different groups in different camps to stop them from organizing. The Chinese, the japanese, portugese, Filipino, Puerto rican and smaller groups. The village has examples of each groups housing and their history from arrival to unionization of the groups in the 1940s to the end of sugar cane exports. This short tour ended up to take more than two hours and our guide never stopped talking. 
The drive across the Island was easy and we found our home by the sea. There is a healthy sized lanai, a retaining wall about two meters in front of that and then the sea. We have kayaks for our use and we have our own snorkle gear and a small personal lagoon. While this is considered the safer side of the island and we have a locked gate at the top of the drive they suggest sleeping with the doors closed. Dang. Time to find Roger cause I can't see a thing.

Posted by Mari Anne 22:08 Archived in USA Tagged altar village war god plantain hawaiian kaaawa

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