Keauhou Kahalu‘u
Heritage Center
   
  Informative displays and photos tell the importance of these ahupua‘a (land divisions) in ancient times and the work being done today to restore these historical sites. Background on Kamehameha Schools and the royal ties of these lands. Located in the Keauhou Shopping Center.

Open Daily 10:00-5:00pm
FREE ADMITTANCE!
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Historic Heiau
   
  Using modern-day technology for ancient, several ancient heiau (stone temples) have undergone major restorations along the Kahalu‘u coastline. Hawaiians worshipped at heiau that ranged in size from simple platforms to intricate walled structures. 
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Hōlua Slide
   
  Ancient competitors reached treacherous speeds on narrow sleds on this downward journey to He‘eia Bay. The Hōlua Slide was a monumental stone ramp, nearly one mile in length, made slippery with thatching and mats. When the waves were large, crowds would gather at He‘eia Bay to watch as hōlua contestants raced against surfers to a shoreline finish.
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Kahalu‘u Bay
   
  The ahupua‘a of Kahalu‘u, which takes its name from a chiefess of high rank, served as the occasional residence of several Hawaiian kings. Its breakwater, Paokamenehune, which once nearly enclosed the bay, was an enormous engineering accomplishment.
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Lekeleke Burial Grounds
   
  Following the death of Kamehameha the Great, two powerful cousins engaged in the final battle of the Hawaiian Kingdom at Kuamo‘o, one that changed the course of their civilization. Kekuaokalani and his wife Manono gallantly led the fight to preserve political and religious governance, but were ultimately defeated by the forces of Liholiho (Kamehameha II). The remains of more than 300 warriors are buried in the terraces at Lekeleke Burial Grounds.
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Royal Birth Site
   
  Kauikeaouli’s mother, Queen Keōpūolani, was bathing near Ho‘okūkū at Keauhou Bay when she felt the pangs of labor. Kauikeaouli, stillborn, was ultimately revived and went on to become King Kamehameha III, the last son of Kamehameha the Great to rule Hawai‘i. Interpretive area at Keauhou Bay.
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