Hokukano-Ualapue Complex

Hokukano-Ualapue Complex is a National Historic Landmarked pre-contact archaeological site on several properties adjacent to Hawaii Route 450 in Ualapue , on Moloka’i island .

This site includes six heiaus and two fishponds . The complex is one of the most important collections of native Hawaiian sites in Hawai’i . [3] [4] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. [1]

‘Ili’ili’ōpae Heiau

The largest and most impressive of the six heiau in the complex is’ Ili’ili’ōpae , the largest heiau on Molokai and the second largest in all Hawaii. It consists of third oven, rising to a stone platform measuring 287 feet by 87 feet. [3] It is located half a mile north of Highway 450, and can be reached by the Mahulepu valley from the highway near milepost 15.

According to legend ‘Hei’ili’ōpae Heiau was constructed in a single night with boulders passed along a chain of menehune from the Wailau valley on the north shore. A hiking trail from the temple to Wailau has fallen into disuse and is overgrown. [5]


  1. ^ Jump up to:c National Park Service (2010-07-09). “National Register Information System” . National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service.
  2. Jump up^ “Hokukano-Ualapue Complex” . National Historic Landmark summary listing . National Park Service . Retrieved 2008-06-21 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:a Dunbar B , Helen R. (May 26, 1988). “Hokukano-Ualapue” (pdf) . National Register of Historic Places – Inventory Nomination Form . National Park Service . Retrieved 22 May 2012 .
  4. Jump up^ “Hokukano-Ualapue” (pdf) . Photographs . National Park Service . Retrieved 22 May 2012 .
  5. Jump up^ Greg Ward (2011). Hawaii . Rough Guides . p. 409. ISBN  978-1-84836-529-2 .

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