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Keauhou in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor

 
 
Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 3, 2011
1. Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor Marker
Inscription. Moku (island districts) were traditionally subdivided into smaller land wedges called ahupua'a. Generally, these ahupua'a extend from the mountain to the sea and contain all the resources needed for sustainable living. Mauka (upland) field systems were cultivated for crops and the makai (seaward) focus was on ocean resources such as fishing and salt preparation. Natural resources were of paramount importance and every person within the community shouldered the responsibility of malama 'aina (caring for the land).

Three neighboring ahupua'a, holding some of Hawai'i's most culturally significant sites, comprise the Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor: Keauhou I, Keauhau II and Kahalu'u. These lands hold special significance for Hawaiian civilization where ancestral inheritance has been passed down for centuries in the ancient place names, historical sites and cultural practices of today.

The area's natural upslope topography drew evening rains, making the land more livable by providing fresh water. Early Hawaiians welcomed the comfortable living conditions and densely populated Kahalu'u, while the more dramatic lands of Keauhou I and II were less hospitable. The ahupua'a of Kahalu'u, which takes its name from a chiefess of high rank, served as the occasional
Closeup of Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 3, 2011
2. Closeup of Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor Marker
Caption: The ahupua'a of Kahalu'u, from the sea to the mountain
residence of several Hawaiian kings.

Easy shoreline access allowed for fishing and travel by canoe. Sweeping coastal views were prized for their strategic significance in combat and served as an early warning system during threats of invasion. From this vantage point, you can see for miles.

Although numerous historical sites have vanished over time, it is important to cite traditional place names as a reminder of how precious the past is to humanity. The map below illustrates these place names, visible historical sites and modern landmarks. Reminder: Do not disturb any historical site and respect the sacredness of the 'aina.

Visit the Keauhou Kahalu'u Heritage Center at the Keauhou Shopping Center to learn more about the area and the enormous restoration projects underway.
 
Location. 19° 34.142′ N, 155° 57.748′ W. Marker is in Keauhou, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker is at the intersection of Alii Drive and King Kamehameha III Road, on the left when traveling north on Alii Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keauhou HI 96739, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Inikiwai Ku'ula Heiau (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lonoikamakahiki Residence (approx. 0.4 miles
Closeup of Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 3, 2011
3. Closeup of Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor Marker
Caption: Hapaiali'i Heiau
away); Hale Mua (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hulihe‘e Palace (approx. 5.2 miles away); The First Hawaiian Christian (approx. 5.3 miles away); Hulihe‘e Palace / Moku‘aikaua Church (approx. 5.3 miles away); In Memory of Captain James Cook, R.N. (approx. 6.4 miles away); Honokohau Settlement (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Keauhou.
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Map on Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 3, 2011
4. Map on Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor Marker
Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, January 3, 2011
5. Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor Marker
The Pacific Ocean is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 767 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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