• The Sacred Hale o Keawe Heiau Protects the Pu'uhonua

    Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau

    National Historical Park Hawai'i

Polynesian Plants

When the first Polynesians came to Hawaii, they brought with them the plants and animals they would need to make a start in the new world. In the park you can spot the shiny-leafed noni, with its pale yellow fruit. Noni was used to treat many different ailments. Also growing in the park is wauke, whose bark fibers were pounded into kapa (bark cloth). The coconut tree was also brought by the early Polynesian voyagers; however many growing in the park were not planted until recent times.

Did You Know?

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Did you know that traditional Hawaiian masonry is both dry-set and non-dressed? This means that it uses no mortar to bind stones together and that the stones are not shaped. Stones are meticulously fitted and locked into place using the natural porous nature of the lava rock.