Naalehu in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
Kauila and the Sea Turtles of Punalu'u
The mystical turtle, Kauila, makes her home in the Ka’u District at Punalu’u Bay. According to Hawaiian mythology, Kauila was empowered with the ability to turn herself from turtle into human form and would play with the children along the shoreline and keep watch over them. The people of Ka’u loved Kauila as the guardian of their children and also for her spring that gave them pure drinking water.
The presence of Kaulia can still be felt today by the sea turtles that inhabit this special place. The Hawaiian Hono (Green Sea Turtle) can be regularly seen in the bay feeding on limu growing in the shallows. In addition the honu’ea (Hawksbill Turtle) sometimes enters the bay at night to crawl ashore and deposit eggs in the black sand. Both species of sea turtles are fully protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and wild life laws of the State of Hawaii. Enjoy watching these marvelous creatures but do not touch or disturb them in any way.
Erected 1995 by Community of Ka’u, UH Hilo Marine option program, County of Hawaii, The Honu Project.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Anthropology & Archaeology • Asian Americans • Churches & Religion.
Location. 19° 8.052′ N, 155° 30.328′ W. Marker is in Naalehu, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker can be reached from Ninole Loop Road one mile from Mamalahoa Highway (Hawaii Route 11) when traveling east. Marker is located at the north end of the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach parking lot, beside the walkway leading to the beach pavilion. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 95-0789 Ninole Loop Road, Naalehu HI 96772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted at ground-level on a stone pedestal and monument.
Also see . . . Kauila And The Sea Turtles Of Punalu'u. The Punalu'u area has changed greatly over the years. Originally the site of a Hawaiian village, the entire village was destroyed by a tsunami and subsequent drop of several feet of the island causing the remains of the village to be under water. In more recent times the bay had a dock used primarily for sugar cane. A railroad ran to the far end of the bay and you can still see the cement remains of the old dock structures past the boat ramp. The cement landing was dynamited by the (Submitted on September 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Additional keywords. Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on February 2, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos: 1. submitted on September 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.