Heiau = An ancient Hawaiian temple or sacred site.
This heiau is supposedly the oldest on Maui, dating to the 13th century. Legend has it that it was built in one night from stones taken from the Wailuku River. What really attracted me was this was the spot for the last human sacrifice on Maui. One of the princess's of Maui insulted him and well...... that was that.
A writer for the San Jose Mercury News, Lee Quarstrom claims to have almost seen, from the corner of his eye, a troop of helmeted Hawaiian warriors defending their sacred stronghold with clubs and spears against an onslaught of enemies from another island. Looking around there was nothing in his direct sight. Chilling to know the Hawaii of old is still there, jus out of our site.
You can't drive to the area any longer and if you want driving access you need to call a number. Otherwise, park down in the neighborhood streets and walk up the road. It's a fairly short and easy walk. Added bonus to the heiau is territorial view below.
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.