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Location: Hawaii, United States

one of my favorite quotes: Be Humble for you are made of earth; Be Noble for you are made of stars.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Mo'okini Heiau

Yesterday's visit to this sacred site was unplanned. We were enjoying a quiet picnic lunch on a secluded windy bluff in North Kohala when a middle-aged Japanese tourist couple approached. Without speaking English, the gentleman pointed to his map and inquired how to locate the heiau. We gave him directions and sent them on their way - and then decided to go visit the site, as well. It is accessible by an unpaved (often treacherously muddy and rutted)road; perhaps the couple might encounter difficulties with their rental car, not being equipped with 4-wheel drive. And so....we once again visited this eery and lonely place. I wonder if those who have not been told of the temple's history feel the same way as I do? - I am so mindful of the many lives given here - were they willing participants or was their sacrifice only decreed by the powerful kahunas? Wonder why I can enter without dread or fear? Is it merely a ghoulish curiosity that brings us here? I think of so many ghosts...why is there nothing green growing within these walls? The tourist couple seemed to appreciate our presence; they snapped photos of us (am I beginning to look native, I wonder?)

After leaving the inner walls, I caught sight of an "ahi" bird (?) flying over us(a relative of the albatross, I'm told) The high winds caused it's flight to zig-zag - the bird's determined course over North Kohala reminded me of the tacking of a sailboat. And our drive home included sightings of an owl and two rainbows. Last night I dreamt of supervising a young lithe girl as she dove and swam with two whales.

Our little island has had a rough week - brush fires and high winds exacted a heavy toll - somehow the diversion of course to the Heiau was proper.

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