Saturday, September 10, 2011

Prayer rocks at the Sacred Garden of Maliko

Makawao, Maui - I recently discovered that in the dry stream bed by the outside labyrinth at the Sacred Garden of Maliko, there are stones stacked in columns, from larger rocks at the base to smaller pebbles at the top. They are carefully balanced on each other.

In Hawaii, there are other places where stones are stacked on top of each other. They can be found along roads where there are plenty of rocks, sometimes along rocky beaches.

I was on an 8th grade field trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, and we also stacked prayer rocks along a sacred area to show respect for the Hawaiian goddess Pele, goddess of the volcano. That time, we wrapped some of the rocks in Hawaiian ti leaves, which are used for many purposes in Hawaiian culture, including making ti leaf leis (aka garlands). There is probably a Hawaiian term for this type of special stone pile, but I don't know what it is!  There is also some significance to using the ti leaf to wrap the stones as well, but I'm not an expert on that either.

In making a column of stones, one can also make a wish.


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