“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)



—Waikīkī Historic Trail —

Kawehewehe Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 24, 2008
1. Kawehewehe Marker
Inscription. From olden times Waikīkī was viewed not only as a place of peace and hospitality, but of healing. There was great mana (spiritual power) in Waikīkī. Powerful kahuna la‘au lapa‘au (or physicians) lived here. Throughout the 19th century, Hawai‘i’s royalty also came here to convalesce. One of Waikīkī’s places of healing was this stretch of beach fronting the Halekulani Hotel, called Kawehewehe (or the removal). The sick and the injured came to bathe in the kai, or waters of the sea. They might have worn a seaweed lei of limn kala and left it in the water as a symbol of the asking of forgiveness for past sins, which was believed to be the cause of many illnesses. Hawaiians still use the sea to heal their sores and other ailments, but few come to Kawehewehe.

Kawehewehe is believed to have healing powers. For centuries, Hawaiians have come here to heal spiritual and physical ailments.

In 1912, a home here was converted to a boardinghouse known as “Grays-by-the–Sea.” Its grounds were later incorporated into the Halekulani. The beach is still known today as Gray’s Beach. The natural sand—filled channel that runs through the reef makes it one of the best swimming areas along this stretch of ocean...
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Kawehewehe Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 24, 2008
2. Kawehewehe Marker
The Shore Bird Beach Broiler and Outrigger Reef Hotel. (Marker Number 13.)
Location. 21° 16.65′ N, 157° 49.967′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker can be reached from Kalia Road west of Beachwalk Street. Click for map. It is at the beach end of the public beach access walkway between the Outrigger Reef and the Halekulani hotels. Marker is in this post office area: Honolulu HI 96815, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Afong Villa (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mahiole (about 600 feet away); Japanese Light Tank (about 600 feet away); U.S. 105mm Howitzer M3 (about 600 feet away); Japanese Type 1 (1941) (about 600 feet away); U.S. Prefabricated Pill Box (about 700 feet away); U.S. Light Tank, M24 (about 700 feet away); Monarchy Cannon (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Honolulu.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,600 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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