heiau

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hawaiian heiau.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

heiau (plural heiaus or heiau)

  1. A temple in traditional Hawaiian society.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 52:
      The basalt was also piled to outline large squares in the ceremonial centres known as heiaus.