As you wander through the Pu?uhonua, you pass sites of two other large ancient heiau (temples), the older of unknown age, the other, ?Ale?ale?a, was built before 1550. Your walk takes you past many carved statues or ki?i. Two ki’i stand together watching over Keone?ele Cove. Only royalty were allowed to use the cove. Other carved images stand on the platform of Hale o Keawe.
You’ll also see huge stones made famous by such visitors as Mark Twain, who told the story of the Ka?ahumanu Stone. In his “Letters from Hawaii”, Mark Twain wrote:
“On the other side of the temple is a monstrous seven-ton rock, eleven feet long, seven feet wide and three feet thick. It is raised a foot or a foot and a half above the ground, and rests upon half a dozen little stony pedestals. They say that fifty or sixty years ago (1806-1816) the proud Queen Ka?ahumanu (favorite wife of King Kahmehameha I) used to fly to this rock for safety, whenever she had been making trouble with her fierce husband, and hide under it until his wrath was appeased.”