Lecture series compares Hawaiian temples with Polynesian counterparts


Above: One side of Puʻukohola Heiau, a Hawaiian temple used as a place of worship and sacrifice.

During the Summer of 2014, the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies offered its first Study Abroad course, sending a group of students, faculty and staff to Tahiti. HWST 675: Huli Heiau Hawai'inuiākea gaved students an opportunity to study Hawaiian heiau on Oahu, then travel to study and compare temples on five Tahitian islands. Over the course of 20 days, they visited and documented 30 temples on Huahine, Mo'orea, Raiatea, Borabora and Tahiti Nui.

Beginning on Monday, Feb. 23, students and faculty are presenting their findings in a four-lecture series that features film and photos, and compares Hawaiian heiau and Tahitian temples, considering their orientation to the stars, associated gods and cultural significance.

Ancient temple at Papeete, Tahiti

The free lectures are being given at Hālau o Haumea, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, 2645 Dole Street. Parking is available adjacent to the center. The lectures are from 6 to 8 p.m. The schedule follows:

Monday, Feb 23: Oahu and Huahine, with Lilikalā Kame'eleihiwa, Eric Komori & Kamahuialani Barbett

Monday, March 2: Ra'iatea and Taha'a, with Andre Perez & Mokihana Maldonado

Monday, March 9: Borabora and Mo'orea, with No'eau Woo-O'Brien & Wahine'aipōhau Tong

Monday, March 16: Tahiti and Fare Hape, with Puamana Waialae & Kale'a Silva

Research in Tahiti and the lecture series are supported by the Gladys Brandt Chair in Comparative Polynesian Studies.


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