Definition of heiau in English:

heiau

noun

  • An ancient Hawaiian temple or sacred site.

    • ‘Because it is the youngest in the chain, it holds open many windows to the past, through heiaus or ancient temples, a sacred ‘place of refuge,’ and petroglyphs - messages from the ancients carved into the lava flows.’
    • ‘The largest were heiau waikaua, or war temples, at which sacrifices occurred.’
    • ‘Turn left just before Upolu Airport and drive 2 miles on the cinder road; the heiau is on a rise to the left.’
    • ‘Since many of the places mentioned are vital to contemporary Hawaii's spirit and culture - many heiau, for example, are used for active worship - it's important to observe some rules of etiquette.’
    • ‘The heiau, on the island of Hawaii's windswept northern tip, is one of several important sites that make the Big Island the state's most visible repository of traditional native culture.’

Origin

Hawaiian.

Pronunciation:

heiau

/ˈheɪəʊ/