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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Inc., a subsidiary of Bishop Holdings, Inc. – the for-profit arm of Kamehameha Schools, is responsible for the cultural assets and planned development of Keauhou Resort, a 2,400-acre fully integrated destination community located five miles south of Kailua, Kona. These lands hold some of Hawaii's most culturally significant sites and comprise three ahupuaa: Keauhou 1, Keauhou 2 and Kahaluu, and include Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, Keauhou Shopping Center, two golf courses, timeshare, residential and resort condominiums and single-family residences.