In the northern uplands of Wailua lies the site of an ancient wahi pana (significant sacred place) – Pihanakalani, which means “the fullness of heaven”.
Long ago, this was the home of Kauakahiali’i and Ka’ililauokekoa, of whom various mele and hula have been created over the years. At one time, this place was also a forest of lehua that covered the mountain slope below Kawaikini.
Currently, Pihanakalani is owned by Hindus. The resident Hindu monks very kindly allowed us to visit the site and offer hula in honour of our ancient ali’i. It was truly a special time and we are grateful to have experienced the mana and beauty of Pihanakalani.