A heiau is a sacred stone platform used for the worship of the gods dating back to ancient times.
We stumbled across this particular heiau on Bellow’s Air Force Recreational Facility obscured by overgrowth. There was a small trail that led from the sign to the archeological site.
If there is any question whether or not Hawaiians living in Oahu still worship these ancient gods, you can see the offerings that were left in the basket very recently, possibly that morning. They are taros which are root vegetables very similar to potatoes; when the plant is grown to be ornamental it is known as “elephant ears”.
Standing at one end of the heiau (top picture) you can barely see this basket and several others along with it. In the photo taken from the other side of the heiau (bottom picture) you can see the baskets more clearly.
What really got our attention was the sign (we never would have found this heiau without the sign because the site was completely hidden from view). On the bottom white part of the sign it says, “FOOT TRAFFIC ONLY” and then on the very big bottom in huge letters, “KEEP OUT”.