Pu'ukoholā Lit., Whale Hill
Heiau near Kawaihae, Hawaiʻi constructed by
Kamehameha I for his war god Kukaiʻilimoku. (Pukui)
Kamehameha I took control of western and northern Hawaiʻi island (the Kona and Kohala districts) in 1782, but for eight years since then fought in a number of inconclusive battles. After returning from Maui in 1790, he was attacked by his cousin Keōua Kuahuʻula who still controlled the East side of the island. He returned to the village of Kawaihae, where he had spent some time earlier. A respected kahuna (priest) named Kapoukahi suggested building a luakini heiau (sacrificial temple) to gain the favor of the war god Kūkaʻilimoku.