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Kailua-Kona in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Kamakahonu

 
 
Kamakahonu Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2017
1. Kamakahonu Marker
Inscription. Home of Kamehameha I, founder of the Hawaiian Kingdom, from 1812 until his death. Here he built his residence, storehouses and fishponds and remodeled 'Ahu'ena Heiau, a temple of great antiquity. When he died here May 8 1819, his son Liholiho was proclaimed Kamehameha II. Through the influence of Queen Ka'ahumanu the religious kapu on eating was abolished, the gods defied and the temple and images burned.
American missionaries landed on this beach April 4, 1820 and Christianity was introduced.
When the capitol was move to Lahina, Kamakahonu became island capitol and residence of Governor Kaukini who rebuilt it into Fort 'Ahu'ena
 
Erected by Commission on Historical Sites.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 19° 38.395′ N, 155° 59.856′ W. Marker is in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker can be reached from Palani Road near Kaahumanu Place, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua Kona HI 96740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kamakahonu / Kailua Pier (within shouting distance of this
Kamakahonu Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2017
2. Kamakahonu Marker
marker); Ahu'ena Heiau (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Niumalu Beach / Kailua Bay (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Hawaiian Christian (approx. ¼ mile away); Hulihe‘e Palace / Moku‘aikaua Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Hulihe‘e Palace (approx. ¼ mile away); Honokohau Settlement (approx. 2½ miles away); Ala Mauka Makai (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kailua-Kona.
 
Also see . . .  Kamakahonu - National Park Service. Kamakahonu, the residence of Kamehameha I, is located at the north end of Kailua Bay in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawai'i. At one time the residential compound included 'Ahu'ena Heiau, the personal heiau (place of worship) of Kamehameha I, thatched houses for ali'i (chiefs) and women, an enclosing wall, Hale Nana Mahina'ai (the personal retreat of Kamehameha I) work sheds, storehouses, and other buildings. After Kamehameha's death, a hale poki (mortuary house) was built next to the heiau to hold his bones. (Submitted on November 26, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionForts, Castles
 
Kamakahonu image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2017
3. Kamakahonu
has been designated a
Registered National Historical Landmark
under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1964
Reconstruction of Kamakahonu image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2017
4. Reconstruction of Kamakahonu
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 25, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on November 26, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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