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

Marine Life

 
 
Marine Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2018
1. Marine Life Marker
Inscription. When the first Polynesians landed in Hawaii, most of the life they found here was unique to this place. Organisms found only in one place are called endemic — and Hawaii has one of the highest rates of endemism on the planet.

The first settlers were adept fishermen who were guided by a network of integrated kapu (rules) that determined when an area was healthy enough to be utilized. Konohiki managed closures of an area to fishing depending on seasons, life cycles of fish, moon phases and other natural clocks.

Kohola (humpback whales), nai’a (dolphins) and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) all have counterpoints in the rich tapestry of Hawaiian legends. While kohola are seasonal, arriving in Hawai’i’s waters every winter, nai’a and honu are visible year-round.
 
Location. 19° 38.178′ N, 155° 59.552′ W. Marker is in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker can be reached from Ali'i Drive 0.1 miles south of Hualalai Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in Hale Halawai Park, near the southwest corner of the parking lot, overlooking Oneo Bay. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75-5760 Ali'i Drive, Kailua Kona HI 96740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Marine Life Marker (<i>wide view; Oneo Bay in the background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2018
2. Marine Life Marker (wide view; Oneo Bay in the background)
. Hulihe‘e Palace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ki'ope Pond (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Hawaiian Christian (approx. ¼ mile away); Hulihe‘e Palace / Moku‘aikaua Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Niumalu Beach / Kailua Bay (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ahu'ena Heiau (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kamakahonu (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kamakahonu / Kailua Pier (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kailua Kona.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hawaii - History and Heritage. The Hawaiian Islands were first settled as early as 400 C.E., when Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands, 2000 miles away, traveled to Hawaii’s Big Island in canoes. Highly skilled farmers and fishermen, Hawaiians lived in small communities ruled by chieftains who battled one another for territory. (Submitted on September 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The first settlers of Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands had been uninhabited for millions of years, until around A.D 300 to 600. The Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands were the first to reach the Hawaiian Islands. Settling by the waters, these natives started small farming systems that became some of their main food sources. Another group of settlers arrived in hundreds of years later. This second wave of settlers were the Tahitians, who were also of Polynesian decent. The Tahitians oppressed the first settlers from the Marquesas, calling them commoners and forcing them to run off and make a living in the mountains. It was the Polynesians from Tahiti who came to inhabit much of the Hawaiian Islands before the first Westerners landed on the Islands in the late 1700s. (Submitted on September 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on September 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2. submitted on September 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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