Keauhou in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
Royal Center at Keauhou Bay
A Royal Center typically contained residences for the ruling chief and those of the high chiefs, and a complex of sacred areas and significant heiau (stone temples). Other structures often included house sites for family and kahuna (priests), and areas for daily life activities. An abundance of natural resources, recreation opportunities and canoe landings were essential features.
Ocean access at Keauhou Bay is superb and, just as boats use it today, canoe landings once dotted the shore. In the early 1800s, King Kamehameha I and his royal family occasionally resided on the northern shore of Keauhou Bay, on land between Puco and Ha'ikaua Cove. Puco Cove served as the royal canoe landing.
The canoe was a principal means of travel in ancient Hawai'i.
Before motorized transportation, canoes provided people with easy access for short coastal trips between villages. Travel by canoe was much faster than on foot, and the canoe could be used for fishing or to carry goods. Hawaiian canoes were also used to cross open-ocean channels of long distance travel between islands.
Erected by Keauhou Resort and Hawai'i Tourism.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 19° 33.647′ N, 155° 57.722′ W. Marker is in Keauhou, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker is on Kaleiopapa Street near Ehukai Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 78-7138 Kaleiopapa Street, Keauhou HI 96739, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Kamehameha Dynasty (within shouting distance of this marker); Kauikeaouli and Nāhi'ena'ena (within shouting distance of this marker); Keauhou Bay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of Kauikeaouli (about 300 feet away); Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III (about 300 feet away); Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor (approx. 0.6 miles away); Inikiwai Ku'ula Heiau (approx. ¾ mile away); Lonoikamakahiki Residence (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keauhou.
More about this marker. This marker is across from the Green Flash Too cafe.
The marker is part of the Keauhou-Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.