This is Moʻokini Heiau, part of the Kohala Historical Sites State Monument on the Big Island of Hawaii. I visited here back in 2009, when Cindy attended a one-week business conference being held elsewhere on the island.
For those unfamiliar with Moʻokini Heiau, it’s considered one of the oldest (if not the oldest) and most sacred of the Hawaiian sacrificial temples. It’s also quite remote and difficult to get to, being located on the far northern end of the Big Island, with a treacherous mud road leading to it that is impassible without a four-wheel drive vehicle if it has rained recently. However, it’s a beautiful place, with the steady trade winds constantly blowing through and carrying the sounds of the distant surf.
Moʻokini Heiau has a very dark and bloody past; it was built in 480 AD, dedicated to the war-god Ku, and many thousands of people were sacrificed here over the centuries. The central structure (not in this image) was reportedly built in one night, using tens of thousands of men to form a 9+ mile-long line to pass the volcanic stones from where they were sourced. The thatched structure in this image is constantly being blown down by storms and is rebuilt as needed, as there are many images online that show it in various stages of completion. Few people come to visit here; indeed, I had the entire place to myself the whole time I visited the site.
While some people find this place to be eerie and foreboding, I found it to be peaceful, quiet, and a wonderful alternative to the hustle and bustle of other parts of the island. More about it can be read here, here, here, and here.