Near Waimea in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
The compound contained the royal residence, probably some housing for other members of the royal court and a royal fish pond. It was at Pelekane where Keoua, rival to Kamehameha, was killed in 1791, securing Hawai'i for Kamehameha and initiating his takeover of all of the Hawaiian Islands. Here, too, Kamehameha II prepared for his role as king following his father's death in 1819.
Pelekane also became a favorite landing spot for foreign ships, where Europeans seeking trade negotiations with the king were often hosted. After 1819 it is probable that, like Pu'ukoholā Heiau and the ancient religious beliefs, the royal compound was abandoned with the abolition of kapu (sacred laws).
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Location. 20° 1.683′ N, 155° 49.376′ W. Marker is near Waimea, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker can be reached from Kawaihae Road (Route 270), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hale o Kapuni Heiau (within shouting distance of this marker); Pu'ukohola Heiau (within shouting distance of this marker); Mailekini Heiau (within shouting distance of this marker); Pu'ukohlā Heiau (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Henry C. Drewes (approx. 2.6 miles away); Puakō Petroglyph Archaeological District (approx. 5.6 miles away); Ancient Foot Trail (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waimea.
More about this marker. The marker is located on the trail at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 20, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.