Heiaus

Sacred temples of worship of native Hawaiian people, typically rectangular in shape and situated on hill tops or mountain slopes. Heiaus have carved designs of deep symbolism. For similar structures from East Polynesia, use "maraes.".

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31985
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heiaus
heiau local language

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Sacred temples of worship of native Hawaiian people, typically rectangular in shape and situated on hill tops or mountain slopes. Heiaus have carved designs of deep symbolism. For similar structures from East Polynesia, use "maraes."

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300265644. The J. Paul Getty Trust.