I visited Mairikini Heiau…

Accompanied by some natives, on July 8th, 1823 I visited Mairikini heiau. It was nearly equal in its dimensions to that on the summit of the hill, but inferior in every other respect. It appeared to have been literally crowded with idols, but no human sacrifices were offered to any of its gods. On returning to Mr. Young’s house, I was informed that the vessel would sail that evening for Kailua, a circumstance I much regretted, as I hoped to spend the Sabbath at Kawaihae. Mr. Young, however, collected his family and neighbors together, to the number of sixty. A short exhortation was given, and followed by prayer; after which I took leave of my kind host, repaired on board, and the vessel soon after got under way. It was daylight the next morning before we had left Kawaihae bay, as the wind during the night had been very light. The sea breeze had, however, set in early, and carried us along a rugged and barren shore of lava towards Kailua, which is distant from Kawaihae about thirty miles. It being the Sabbath, I preached on deck in the afternoon from Mark iv. 38, 39. to a congregation of about 150 natives, including the greater part of the crew. Many of the people were afterwards observed sitting together in small groups, and conversing about what they had heard, though some were inclined to make sport of it. In the evening we were opposite Shark’s Point, but strong westerly currents prevented our making much progress. (Ellis)

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 (These are excerpts from a book by William Ellis that has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. A public domain book is one that was never subject to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired.)

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