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Luakini refers to a heiau, or temple, where ruling chiefs prayed and human sacrifices were offered. Luakini Street was named during the funeral procession of the beloved Princess Harriet Nahienaena. A path was made through the breadfruit trees for her body to pass. The grieving Hawaiians named the path "Luakini," comparing her death to a sacrifice to the ancient gods.

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