Link to article at adsabs.harvard.edu
Kaimuhōkū -> Ka imu hōkū -
Earth-Oven* Star or, the
hōkū nui -
The Star Big or , the Big Star
So, Where is it??? - Time for the
Maps and Google Earth
There it is on the map - and it even declares it an "ancient meteor
Lets see what Google Earth Has on offer
Here's the area - Doesn't look very promising. Sandy substrate, and
notice all the vegetation lineations... hmmm
(do you think it might have anything to do with either running water,
storm surge or the strong prevailing winds from the NE????)
It turned out that I ended up going to Lanai for several days of
vacation - What could I do but at least have a look...
This panorama below was taken from just under the "K" looking roughly south, The car was parked
under the "K"
The trees are kiawe - mesquite - Prosopis pallida
- Known for, among other things, thorns
(which brings us to the story of the disintegrating shoes and the
search for "slippahs" (sandals/flip-flops etc) at the store
- Not good footwear to go wandering about a kiawe forest! Good News
- none made it into my foot - but I pulled a lot of spines out of my
Walking through the underbrush was not easy - thorns - falling branches
- dead falls....
And the substrate - Sand - that has been subject to a lot of water
flow, and wind...
With all this, slippahs and thorns, Sand that had seen a lot of motion,
if there had been a meteorite impact site here leaving a
small crater in the sand, evidence for it would have
disappeared long ago.
Any meteorite would likely have disintegrated,
eroded, or been swept into the ocean.
I'm not saying it didn't happen
but it seems unlikely there
is any evidence other than a name, which may have been derived from
(Good boots, a bush knife/machete and a metal detector might be
something to try
* Imu - an imu is an "earth oven" used in many polynesian cultures
- Dig a pit, optionally, line it with stones (basalt from the shore is
usually stable enough), build a fire in it, add wood, when the coals
and rocks are good and hot - take some rocks out (careful) - put food
wrapped in ti leaf or banana leaf inside (non-traditional = aluminum
foil) - put rocks back in - over, around... - cover with banana leaves
(wet burlap sacks - sand on top of that) - go away for some hours -
come back, open up oven... watch out, the rocks are still hot! Take out
food packages (fish, pig, turkey, taro, whatever you put in) - Eat!!!!
I used to live at a house where we did this once or twice a year
with 50-100 people showing up. Blow the conch horn in 4 directions, da
neighbors come up too! Ono grinds!
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