Kailua-Kona in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
Niumalu Beach / Kailua Bay
Once a hub for canoeing, water gathering and some shipping, the fancy beach at Niumalu (lit. shade of the coconut tree), commonly known as Kanuha Beach, is sheltered by a sea wall that has protected beach-goers of over 100 years. To the left of Hulihe'e Palace is Huihā, a challenging surfbreak that requires skill and local knowledge. A smooth pāhoehoe lava outcropping at the base of the seawall is named for Ali'inui (High Chief) 'Umi-a-Liloa. 'Umi established a royal residence and increased food production in coastal fishponds and upslope cultivated lands of the Kona Field System.
Named for the two currents that run through the bay, Kailua Bay is a favorite locale for fishing and ocean recreation. Freshwater that has made its way through porous underground rock from Mount Hualālai to the sea nourishes unique algal and fish communities. Take care to never touch or stand on the reef. Many reef organisms have formidable spines and sharp edges. Keep hands and feet off the reef - and eyes open to its beauty.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels
Location. 19° 38.388′ N, 155° 59.688′ W. Marker is in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker is on Ali'i Drive near Liana Lane, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 755699 Ali'i Drive, Kailua Kona HI 96740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hulihe‘e Palace / Moku‘aikaua Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Hawaiian Christian (about 300 feet away); Ki'ope Pond (about 400 feet away); Hulihe‘e Palace (about 400 feet away); Kamakahonu (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ahu'ena Heiau (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kamakahonu / Kailua Pier (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marine Life (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kailua-Kona.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 25, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.