Hewahewa - the highest kahuna under Kamehameha I and a direct decendant of Pa`ao, was the first to torch a heiau (hawaiian temple) when the kapu was broken. He said, "I knew the wooden images of deities, carved by our own hands, could not supply our wants, but (we) worshipped them because it was the custom of our fathers... My thought has always been, that there is one only great God, dwelling in the heavens." (Brewster, Memoir of Ke`opuolani, pg.17) The kapu system was broken before the missionaries arrived. After torching the heaiu he retired to Kawaihae to await the coming of a "new and greater God." When the missionaries arrived he was there to greet them, telling all who would listen that these who were coming would tell them of this new God.


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