Wailea Daily Photo

Wailea Daily Photo

Photoblog of Maui, Hawaii

5/8/07

Sacred Burial Ground--Honokahua

When the Ritz Carlton was being built back in 1989, it was discovered upon digging that over 900 individuals had been buried on this land. After many protests by the Hawaiians, the decision was reached to preserve this area so that the Hawaiian Ancestors could rest in peace and watch over the land.

And indeed you really feel the presence of the Ancestors when you walk in this area. Ritz Carlton has erected a long hedge to keep the public out, and this area is now only used for religious ceremonies as it is revered as one of the holiest locations on Maui. You can view the area, but you're not supposed to enter the actual burial grounds.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Kate said...

Glad that respect was shown to the burial area!

May 08, 2007  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Nice shot and I appreciate the respect shown your ancestors.

May 08, 2007  
Anonymous skeet said...

Interesting! A few years ago the state or county was building new stone walls (to help keep the sand on the beach) along Farrington Highway on the Waianae Coast. They found ancient remins in several areas and put up some similar markers. Not only is there no kapu, I frequently see the homeless camping on top of the burials. I've wondered if the local Hawaiian population felt that that was disrespectful, but have never heard of anyone protesting. It "feels" disrespectful to me, but I finally concluded that maybe it was felt that the ancestors were comfortable having the living so close. This malahini (twelve years and still learning) would be glad of any enlightenment you can share. :0)

May 08, 2007  
Blogger Keropok Man said...

What does Please Kokua mean?

May 11, 2007  

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