Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
The Story of Kālia
— Waikīkī Historic Trail —
Chief Ma‘likūkāhi, who reigned over the island of Oahu in the mid-1400s, resided in Waikīkī and used it as his seat of government. He was greatly loved by his subjects who enjoyed unprecedented peace and prosperity. Ali‘i (royalty) from all points came to Waikīkī to enjoy surfing, sporting games, hula, and other entertainment. The maka‘āinana (common people) living in Kālia gladly supplied their chiefs with the fruits of their labor. The sharing of food was an integral part of Hawaiian culture. Lavish banquets featured poi and the freshest seafood from some of the most productive fishponds in all of the Hawaiian islands. The ocean teemed with crab, lobster, shrimp, octopus, limu (seaweed) and other delicacies easily harvested. The fishponds, as well as the harvest from the ocean, came under the stewardship of the chiefs. Their actions were always dictated by the knowledge that greediness or waste displeased the gods. John Papa I‘i, a member of the royal court, told of a huge harvest from Moehonua’s fishpond in Kālia given as tribute to Kīna‘u, a son of King Kamehameha I. The
In the early 1920s, quaint clusters of cottages known as Cressaty’s Court and Hummel’s Court offered simple lodging in Kālia. In 1926, the Heen Investment Company purchased these properties along with the Pierpoint Hotel and built the gracious Niumalu (sheltering palms) Hotel on the grounds where you now stand. This resort featured a distinctly Hawaiian style of architecture combined with modern comforts. Today, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa continues the rich heritage of Kālia and perpetuates the tradition of ho'okipa (hospitality) exemplified by Chief Ma‘ilikūkahi.
Erected by Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyArchitecture • Asian Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
Location. 21° 17.056′ N, 157° 50.152′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is at the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard (Hawaii Route 92) and Kalia Road, on the right on Ala Moana Boulevard. It is at the entrance to the Hilton Hawaiian Village, just as you turn the corner onto Kalia Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Honolulu HI 96815, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kaha ha ʻlo me nā Makani (within shouting distance of this marker); Rainbow Mural (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kuroda Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort DeRussy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kālia Bay (approx. 0.2 miles away); Duke Kahanamoku (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rainbow Tower & Hilton Lagoon (approx. ¼ mile away); Kãlia Fishponds (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
More about this marker. Three photographs are reproduced on the marker with the following captions, “An unobstructed view of the majestic and world-famous Diamond Head from the Kalia fishponds (c 1900)”, “The lobby of the Niumalu Hotel, which opened in 1928, featured lava rock columns, arched portals, and an open interior courtyard”, and “Designed by Buckminster Fuller and constructed of aluminum, the geodesic Hilton Dome was the first of its kind int the world. Since 1957, it was the showroom for legendary performer Alfred Apaka, known as the ‘Golden Voice of Hawaii’. The Dome showcased internationally known performers such as Andy Williams, Jim Nabors, and Don Ho.”
Also see . . . Hilton Dome Hawaiian Village Hotel Construction. (Submitted on February 13, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,868 times since then and 128 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on February 13, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.