A little farther down the road from Mo'okini Heiau is the birthplace of King Kamehameha, Kamehameha Akahi Aina Hanau Heiau. It is not exactly known when Kamehameha was born, but legend says his birth was prophesied to have coincided with the appearance of a star. Historians now surmise that since Halley's Comet was visible from Hawaii in 1758, he most likely was born shortly thereafter.
The prophecy also said that a child born after the "light in the sky" would kill chiefs and eventually take control of the islands. To reach Kamehameha Akahi Aina Hanau Heiau, take Upolu Airport Road makai at the 20 mile marker until you reach the airport. If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle you may continue left along the unpaved portion of the road for 1.5 miles until you reach the Mo'okini Heiau. However, be advised that the potholes can be large, especially toward the end of the road, and puddles linger for a long time. Hiking out to the heiau's often proves to be the safest route.
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