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Hale o Lono

Heiau (temple) dedicated to Lono, deity of agriculture and fertility, peace and music.  To Native Hawaiians, Lono descended to Ao (Earth) on a Anuenue (rainbow) to marry Laka, one of Pele's sisters and guardian of the woodland. In agricultural and planting traditions, Lono is identified with rain and food plants. He is one of the four gods (with Ku, Kane, and his twin brother Kanaloa) who existed before the world was created. Lono is also the god of peace. In his honor, the great annual festival of the Makahiki (four month festival starting in October) was held. During this period (from October through February), all unnecessary work and war was kapu (forbidden). The last known hale o Lono belonged to Prince Alexander Liholiho (Kamehameha IV) and was located in the area known today as Fort Street Mall in Downtown Honolulu. Hale o Lono located in the ahupua`a (land section) of Waimea Valley dates back to 1470AD, and is the only fully restored Hale o Lono in the State.

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Hale o Lono restored 2008
What You See:
  • Hale o Lono (house of Lono)
  • Opu Tower (left)
  • `Anu`u Tower (right)
  • `Ahu (small bamboo altar)
  • Lepa (kapu sticks)
  • Na Ki`i Akua (sacred temple images)

Originally, Hale o Lono were constructed and used primarily by ali`i (persons of high rank).  Today, we honor the memory of our ancestors by respecting the kapu(forbiden) of Hale o Lono. Traditionally, food items are left as offerings at this type of heiau (sacred site).  Please do not remove pohaku (rocks) or leave items such as coins, incense, or candles as they cause long-term damage.