Ke Iki Beach Petroglyphs

Photo Credit: Mike Krzywonski

Every so often when the surf is big you may be able to spot petroglyphs carved in the lava rock near the water’s edge. Not much is known about these petroglyphs as they are only seen on rare occasions but experts say that they could easily be hundreds of years old and were made by chipping slowly away at the rock with stone tools.

Pohaku Lanai

Photo Credit: Danielle M

In Haleiwa Beach Park lies two abnormally large limestone rocks balancing on top of each other.  Ancient Hawaiians believe that it floated ashore from the island of Kahiki (Tahiti).  It’s believed that Fishermen used the rock as a lookout point and would beat the stone with a wooden mallet when they spotted fish resulting in a hollow sound which would signal the other fishermen to gather.

Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau

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Constructed in the early 17th century, Pu’u O Mahuka is the largest known heiau on the island of Oahu.  Originally it is thought to be constructed to worship the war god Kukailimoku but it has had many uses over the years to fit the needs of the ali’i nui in charge.  

Haleiwa Fishpond

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The fishpond in Haleiwa known as Loko Ea is a rare and significant cultural site.  Fishponds were essential to ancient Hawaiians as it provided them with an abundance of fish without having to hunt for them.  Due to development and damages from the elements there aren’t many fishponds left on Oahu but there are volunteer groups working to restore the ones that remain.