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2017 Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Conference

The Society for Hawaiian Archaeology (SHA) held their annual conference on Oʻahu from September 29th to October 1st, 2017, at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (Friday) and University of Hawaii West Oʻahu (Saturday and Sunday).  Friday’s field trips were held at various places around Oʻahu, including a tour of the Kalaeloa Heritage Park.  Continue reading

Aloha Queen Liliʻuokalani

Life is a treasure of memorable days.  Days with friends, families and loved ones.  A stroll in the park with a special person.  Days as a child with our parents.  A pet that always waited at the door till our return. These are times we will not soon forget. Then there are those we wish we knew.  Those whose lives are measured by self-sacrifice and contributions toward the benefit of others. Those we wish we could have played a part in their lives.  We celebrated such a person recently. Continue reading

Hokule’a Homecoming

This has been an extraordinary year with the return of the Hokule’a and the 100th year celebration of Queen Liliuokalani.  Members of the Heritage Park Foundation were at both historic cultural events not just in honor of our ancient past and cultural achievements but solidifying the relationships between the people of Hawaii and those around the world.  More importantly however amongst ourselves.  It is not just a celebration of great events but it is about us.  It is about connecting those who are no longer with those of us today and those children yet unborn.  Continue reading

Kalaeloa Youth Challenge Academy

Amongst our many organization community partners is the Kalaeloa Youth Challenge Academy.  They participated in our October 28 monthly community workday.  The Kalaeloa Youth Challenge is part of a statewide Hawaii Youth Challenge with a mission of training young men and women 16 to 18 years old who have dropped out of high school.  During their time they learn to get their GED and become responsible and hardworking community members. This award-winning program has been recognized as one of the nation’s most effective and cost- efficient programs for targeting youth who are at the greatest risk for substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, and criminal activity. Continue reading

Haururu…Tahiti

On November 8, members of a Native Tahitian Organization from Papeno’o, Tahiti by the name of Haururu visited the Kalaeloa Heritage Park.  Facilitating the visit was both Matahiarii Tutavae and Yohann Bouit.   Continue reading

UH Manoa – Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Recently the Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation was invited by Kamuela Enos to participate in several meetings in an effort to assist students of the University of Hawaii Manoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  It is an effort to help these students learn about the manner in which they can help local communities, land owners and developers integrate a sense of place into their planning processes and at the same time fulfill their study criteria.  Continue reading

Native Plants of KHP: Maiapilo

Name: Maiapilo (Capparis sandwichiana)

Description: An endemic shrub most often seen wild in coastal areas but also found in open dry forests and shrubland on all the main Islands as well as some of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The night-blooming flowers are large and white with a strong pleasant fragrance. Continue reading

Civic Space Inspired by Hawaiian Alignments: Creating a Hawaiian Presence in Pu’u o Kapolei

Kalaeloa Heritage Park for Shad Kane

by Marion Ancheta

Note: The selections written here are from notes that I took from the interview with Shad Kane during two occasions in the Winter and Summer of 2015 as well as sources from my thesis titled: “Civic Space Inspired by Hawaiian Alignments: Creating a Hawaiian Presence in Pu’u o Kapolei” 

The main theme in my thesis is the integration and expression of indigenous culture in civic and public spaces and establishing a strong educational environment through the use of alignments in relation to living in sustenance. The Hawaiian of old where experts in living sustainably which ultimately brought them to the idea of living off the land. They have used the stars, the moon, the sun and planetary objects to dictate their means of direction and action. With this ideology in mind, my goal is to design a civic space that is inspired by Hawaiian alignments. Alignments based on the idea of directionality, the composition of a place and the use of objects whether if it’s using the sky or inanimate objects to locate or pin point a person, place or thing.

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The Land Belongs to the Sea

©Jan Becket

The Land Belongs to the Sea

By Jan Becket

In 1773, at the age of 15, Kahahana, a descendant of Kuali‘i, was chosen by the O‘ahu moku chiefs to become Ali‘i Nui. A few years later, Kahahana ordered the slaying of his own Kahuna Nui, Ka‘opulupulu, along with Ka‘opulupulu’s son, Kahulupe. Continue reading

Father Bachelot and his Kiawe Tree

It is not hard to miss all the kiawe trees located in Kalaeloa Heritage Park as you drive along Coral Sea Road in Kalaeloa.  Especially our 100 year old signature kiawe which will eventually be the focal point of our Visitor’s Center.  The origin story of the kiawe tree in Hawaii is the story of a Catholic priest by the name of Father Alexis Bachelot who was amongst the first Catholic priests to come to Hawaii around the 1820s. Continue reading