“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Waimea, Hawaii Historical Markers

Parker Ranch & Camp Tarawa 1943-1945 stone, left-half image, Touch for more information
By Barry Swackhamer, September 26, 2017
Parker Ranch & Camp Tarawa 1943-1945 stone, left-half
Hawaii (Hawaii County), Waimea — Camp Tarawa 1943-1945
Four stones make up this monument: The 2nd and 5th Marine Divisions trained here to bring peace to the Pacific Parker Ranch & Camp Tarawa 1943-1945 This monument honors the V Amphibious Corps (VAC), and . . . — Map (db m108940) HM WM
Hawaii (Hawaii County), Waimea — Clues from the Past... The Archaeology of Lapakahi
Archaeologists seek to understand people and places of the past by studying the sites and cultural remains left behind. Students from the University of Hawai'i conducted extensive excavations here between 1968 and 1970 to learn about the people of . . . — Map (db m110325) HM
Hawaii (Hawaii County), Waimea — Farming the Land, Fishing the Sea — Lapakahi State Historical Park
The ahupua'a is a traditional land division that runs mauka from the mountains to makai (seaward). The ahupua'a of Lapakahi encompasses more than 2,000 acres along the leeward slopes of the Kohala Mountains. The distance from the upland forests down . . . — Map (db m110324) HM
Hawaii (Hawaii County), Waimea — Hale o Kapuni Heiau
The submerged remains of Hale o Kapuni Heiau, a temple dedicated to shark akua (deities), are believed to lie just offshore. The heiau was built by a chief whose family revered sharks, believing that the family's 'aumākua (deified ancestors) . . . — Map (db m110377) HM
Hawaii (Hawaii County), Waimea — Mailekini Heiau
The remains of Mailekini Heiau, a temple used before the time of Kamehameha, stand before you. Many mysteries surround Mailekini Heiau; its early history, kept orally and secretly within the priesthood, was never recorded. Historians agree that . . . — Map (db m110367) HM
Hawaii (Hawaii County), Waimea — Pelekane
Who would suspect that the area at the base of this hill is one of the most significant cultural sites in Hawai'i? This plain-looking patch of earth was the site of Pelekane, one of several known royal compounds traditionally used by Hawaiian kings. . . . — Map (db m110369) HM
Hawaii (Hawaii County), Waimea — Pu'ukohlā Heiau
Build a heiau on Pu'ukoholā, the "hill of the whale," dedicate it to your war god, and you will achieve your dream - you will rule the islands. Responding to this prophecy told by Kapoykahi, a famous seer, Kamehameha built the . . . — Map (db m110330) HM
Hawaii (Hawaii County), Waimea — The Hawaiian Cowboys
With the first cattle arriving in the Hawaiian Islands in 1793 as gifts for King Kamehameha I, it was not long before they overpopulated and plundered the countryside from the mountains to the seashores. Determined to bring them under control and . . . — Map (db m108949) HM
Hawaii (Kauai County), Waimea — Camp Henry C. Drewes
January, 1944 The second AM Trac BN., U.S. Marines established Camp Henry C. Drewes on this site; here trained until May, 1944 Here we rested from battle... Prepared for another... And prayed for peace. Seal at center: . . . — Map (db m110378) HM
Hawaii (Kauai County), Waimea — Captain Cook Monument
In January, 1778, two ships under the command of British navigator Captain James Cook sighted the northwest coast of O'ahu. The next day they cruised from Maha'ulepu to Waimea Bay on Kaua'i where they set anchor. Acquainted with the Tahitian . . . — Map (db m65777) HM
Hawaii (Kauai County), Waimea — Humu'ula and Kala''i'ehā — Daniel K. Inouye Highway
Traditional native uses of the Humu'ula area included bird catching and, at much higher elevations, adze quarrying. They were replaced by sandalwood harvesting and hunting wild cattle, and ultimately ranching and astronomy. Over time, travelers . . . — Map (db m110792) HM
Hawaii (Kauai County), Waimea — Humu'ula Sheep Station — Daniel K. Inouye Highway
Sheep raising became economically important within the interior of Hawai'i during the second half of the nineteenth century. In the 1860s, the Waimea Grazing and Agricultural Company established a station for sheep at Humu'ula. By 1873 it had a . . . — Map (db m110787) HM
Hawaii (Kauai County), Waimea — Menehune Ditch — Historical Landmark - Territory of Hawaii
The row of hewn stone along the inner side of the road is a remnant of one wall of a water-course which is said to have been made by the MENEHUNES (Hawaiian dwarves or Brownies) The stones were brought from Mokihana There is an old saying: . . . — Map (db m27646) HM
Hawaii (Kauai County), Waimea — Pu'uhuluhulu — Daniel K. Inouye Highway
What is a kīpuka? Pu'uhuluhulu, a 500-year old patter cone, is a kīpuka ( an older oasis within a newer lava flow). It preserves native plants and acts as a seed bank to revegetate the more recent lava flows that surround it. . . . — Map (db m110790) HM
Hawaii (Kauai County), Waimea — Russian Fort Elizabeth — 1815 - 1864
Fort History Fort Elizabeth was one of three Russian Forts partially built between 1815 and 1817 on the island of Kauai. Fort Alexander and Fort Barclay were built near the mouths of the Hanalei River on the north shore of Kauai while Fort . . . — Map (db m65778) HM

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