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Reverend William Ellis, in the early 1800s, wrote of seeing Queen Kamamalu endure great pain while having a line tattooed on her tongue after the death of her husband, Liholiho.
When Ellis asked her about the pain, she responded, "The pain is indeed great, but the pain of my grief is greater." Corpses were treated with respectful ceremony in preparation for internment, as it was believed the bones, the iwi, of the dead held great mana, divine power, that contributed to the natural order of life, and could benefit whomever possessed his ancestor's bones.
1778: Captain James Cook lands at Waimea Bay on the island of Kauai, becoming the first European to make contact with the Hawaiian Islands.
A year later, Cook is killed at Kealakekua Bay on the island of Hawaii.
1790: The Battle of Kepaniwai was fought between forces from the island of Hawaii and Maui.
The Hale o Keawe temple and several thatched structures have been reconstructed.
The park contains a reconstruction of the Hale o Keawe heiau, which was originally built by a Kona chief named Kanuha in honor of his father King Keaweʻīkekahialiʻiokamoku.
The heiau and the Place of Refuge are now preserved by the National Park Service and is open to the public. Speculation ran rampant after two ancient caskets containing the bones of Big Island ali'i, King Liloa and his great grandson, Lonoikamakahiki, disappeared from O'ahu's Bishop Museum in February 1994.