posted on Jan, 26 2014 @ 08:35 PM
Greetings ATS; I would like to share a topic with you well suited for the active and lurker members alike!
A couple months ago I had the pleasure of visiting a friend of mine who lives in the Waikaloa Village area on the big island of Hawaii. Although we
did spend every waking minute exploring every place imaginable, I was fortunate that my friend lived within minutes of this petroglyph site I’m
about to discuss.
The native term for petroglyph is Ki‘i Pōhaku. Similar to how petro means “stone” and glyph means “caving”, ki‘i means “image” and
pōhaku means stone.
There are 100’s of locations in Hawaii you can find petroglyphs but for now our focus will be those at Waikoloa Field found behind the Waikoloa
Beach Resort, so it is very accessible to tourists and explorers alike. For those just looking for a quick and easy peak and one of Hawaii’s most
ancient mysteries, you can find several astonishing petroglyphs positioned neatly at the start of the trail. These, although authentic, have certainly
been moved here at a more recent time and depict a more modern style which we'll discuss further.
Let’s begin with these:
The glyphs of turtles, canoes, oars are said to be post 1900 whereas some later in the thread others have been carbon dated to be 100's of years old.
There exact purpose no one knows for sure.
I read somewhere that the dots represent the number in the group who made the hike to this sacred spot to perform the umbilical ritual.
They would come to this spot and lay the umbilical cord overnight and when they woke in the morning they would get there dried shriveled remains as a
good luck token. If it was missing it meant misfortune for the child and many times that child would be given away. It is said that the mice would
come and steal the umbilical cord like a thief in the night which represented the potential behavior of the child. There is also a local legend of the
Menehune but we'll leave that for another thread.