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Picture: Waves breaking against lava rocks on the coast at The End of the World, North Kona District, Big Island, Hawaii
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Visiting The End of the World, at a place where the Hawaiian Gods died.
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Have you ever wondered what you’d see if you traveled to the End of the World? If you find yourself on the Big Island of Hawai’i, you’ll have a chance to find out. The End of the World can be found along the coast of the North Kona District at Maihi Bay. Unfortunately, for approximately 300 native Hawaiians, this place literally was the end of their world. They died in 1819 at the Kuamo’o Battle, which has also become known as “The Place Where the Hawaiian Gods Died.”
Picture: Memorial marker at the site of the Kuamo’o Battle (1819), at The End of the World, North Kona District, Big Island, Hawaii (Click here to purchase a print or license for use in publications. – 150526a_HI-0343)
The historical significance of this site can be described as the Gettysburg of native Hawaiians. It was the final battle between supporters of the long-standing Kapu system of ancient moral and social laws which existed throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and reforms started by Liholiho, son of King Kamehameha I, and the king’s wife, Queen Ka’ahumanu. Within the Kapu system, the penalty for many small and more grievous infractions was death. Following the passing of King Kamehameha I in 1819, the two began the reform of abandoning the old Kapu system by daring to dine together. Prior to this, it was considered ‘kapu’ (forbidden) for men and women to eat together.
In what was literally like a family feud of those who fought on either side of the Mason-Dixon Line during the Civil War, Kamehameha’s nephew and Liholiho’s cousin, Kekuaokalani, and his wife, Manono, (who also happened to be a former wife of Kamehameha), gathered together a group warriors who wanted to maintain the the ancient Kapu sysetm. They came ready to fight against warriors gathered in support of Liholiho’s reforms, who were led into battle by the brother of Kekuaokalani’s wife, Manono. The Kuamo’o Battle, which occurred in December of 1819, was a decisive victory for Liholiho and the supporters of those who wanted to abolish the ancient Kapu ways. The story goes that during the battle, Kekuaokalani was mortally wounded. While his wife, Manono, was holding him, opposing soldiers approached. She looked to her husband, saying something along the lines of “Forever My Love,” and then reached to pick up his weapon, at which time she too was killed. With them died the old Kapu ways, and marked the passing of the Hawaiian gods. Within six months, Christian Missionaries began arriving in the Hawaiian Islands.
The bodies of the 300 warriors who died in the Kuamo’o Battle, including those of Kakuaokalani and Manono, remain at what is now known as the Lekeleke Graveyard. From the walkway at the base of the graveyard, you can see where stone cairn terraces built out of lava rocks lay along the hillside, marking where the bodies of the fallen warriors have been buried.
Pictures: Lekeleke Graveyard, site of the Kuamo’o Battle in 1819, The End of the World, Maihi Bay, North Kona District, Big Island, Hawaii
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